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Archbishop Janani Luwum Memorial Underway in Mucwini

The Most Rev Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the province of Church of Uganda is leading the mass attended by hundreds of Christians from various Dioceses in Uganda and neighbouring countries. In attendance are 13 Bishops and two retired bishops from Northern Uganda.
Grave of Archbishop Janani Luwum
A memorial service is underway at Wii Gweng village in Mucwini Sub County, Kitgum district, in tribute to St Janani Luwum, the former Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.

The Most Rev Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the province of Church of Uganda is leading the mass attended by hundreds of Christians from various Dioceses in Uganda and neighbouring countries. In attendance are 13 Bishops and two retired bishops from Northern Uganda.

Bishop Chris Edmonson, an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the diocese of Leeds is representing the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr John Sentamu at the memorial.

Archbishop Ntagali told the congregation at Mucwini that Janani Luwum's death marked the beginning of the end of dictatorship in Uganda. He equally applauded the government for honouring Janani Luwum with a public holiday saying this enables several people to pay tribute to him. He also urged them to emulate Archbishop Luwum's legacy.

Dan Komakech, a journalist in Kitgum district says pilgrims arrived at the mausoleum two days to the event to re-consecrate the site with prayers, hymns and worships as they preached the gospel door to door.

Komakech says Christians in Kitgum district are eagerly waiting to hear government response to the several pledges it made to construct a modern religious shrine in the area. The shrine is expected to host multi facilities including a worship temple, a vocational school and a museum amongst others.

The memorial is the 41st since his remains were laid to rest in front of the Chapel he pastored before becoming archbishop of Uganda.

Luwum, the then Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire, was murdered on February 16, 1977, in Kampala and is buried at his ancestral home in Wii Gweng Village, in Mucwini Sub County in Kitgum district.

Archbishop Luwum was a leading voice in criticizing the excesses of Idi Amin's regime that assumed power in 1971.  He was killed in 1977. Before he was murdered, Archbishop Luwum personally delivered a note of protest to Amin against the policies of arbitrary killings and unexplained disappearances of civilians and soldiers.

Shortly afterwards, the Archbishop and other leading churchmen were accused of treason. Luwum was accused of being an agent of the exiled former president Milton Obote, and for planning to stage a coup. The next day, Radio Uganda announced that he and three others had been killed in an accident.

Killed together with the Archbishop were two government ministers, Charles Oboth Ofumbi and Lt. Col. Erinayo Oryema. Government soldiers transported the remains from the street of Kampala and hurriedly laid him to rest, in a grave prepared just a few meters deep in Wii-Gweng village in Mucwini Sub County.

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