The museum whose foundation has already been completed is expected to also boost tourism in the country as it will contain all the historical facts about the martyrs, the cultural lifestyle of Ugandans and heritage of the country.
Luwum, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda and Mboga-Zaire, was killed by the Idi Amin regime on February 16, 1977, a day after being arrested on allegations that he was plotting to overthrow the government. The regime of the time later said the Archbishop, together with two cabinet ministers Oboth Ofumbi and Erinayo Oryma,had died in a car accident.His death drew the curtain on his 24 years of service to the church starting in 1953 when he was ordained a priest. Before becoming Archbishop, he had served as Bishop of Northern Uganda between 1969 and 1974.
Bishop James Hannington was a British missionary who came to present day Uganda in 1882, two years before he was consecrated as the first Bishop of East Equatorial Africa. He was attacked and killed in Busoga in October 1885 on the orders Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda.
The Church of Uganda has now embarked on constructing the museum that is expected to cost 36 billion shillings in memory of the two bishops. Archbishop Stanley Ntagali says the church recognizes the two as martyrs and will officially allocate space for them in the museum. He says the fact that they, like other martyrs, lost their lives in defence of their faith qualifies them to be martyrs.
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He says the museum will contain many cultural and historical sections. Ntagali says the foundation of the museum is complete and the next phase of the construction will soon kick off.He says the church is organizing special prayers where President Museveni will officially lay the foundation stone. He is appealing to Christians to turn up in large numbers to raise funds for the project.
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Archbishop Ntagali says the structure will depict the torture chambers, the prisons, the main execution area and a host of other facilities that were used to humiliate the Uganda Martyrs. He says the campaigns for the fundraising will be taken to all dioceses and churches across the country. Ntagali also says since the site will be an international tourism site, they are also appealing to the government to invest in the project to attract foreign tourists who come for the martyrs day.
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Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira of Namirembe Diocese, who is the vice chairperson of the construction committee, says they have already spent over 100 million shillings raised for the project. He is appealing to well-wishers to raise more money so that the project can progress. President Museveni has already contributed 100 million shillings towards the construction of the museum.