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Kenyan Pilgrims Cause Gridlock as They Enter Jinja

The more than 500 pilgrims started the journey on May 7, from the Dioceses of Gericho, Eldoret, Nyahururu, and Bungoma in Kenya, sailing through borders, hills and valleys, across the eastern part of Uganda. The roundabouts along the way served as their prayer alters, thanking God for the journey travelled, and committing the excursion ahead.
Kenyan pilgrims flock to Jinja district on Thursday.

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Traffic came to a standstill this afternoon as hundreds of Kenyan pilgrims entered Jinja, on their way to the Uganda Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo. The pilgrims entered the city in a rare show of joy, singing songs of faith and hope as they came closer to their destination.  

The more than 500 pilgrims started the journey on May 7, from the Dioceses of Gericho, Eldoret, Nyahururu, and Bungoma in Kenya, sailing through borders, hills and valleys, across the eastern part of Uganda. The roundabouts along the way served as their prayer alters, thanking God for the journey travelled, and committing the excursion ahead.

Today, motor vehicles could hardly move as the pilgrims went through the Stretch from Bugembe to the Police Barracks. The pilgrims had attracted a large group of spectators, cheering them as they moved in confidence and determination. 

Fr Patrick Murunga is optimistic that the team will be in Namugongo by Saturday, June 1.

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Jacinta Wairunga, a pilgrim from Eldoret diocese says that the Ugandan public has supported them throughout their journey. 

“Uganda has shown us a spirit of brotherhood. We have been given water, food and some people gave us shelter during night time. This has shown us the spirit of unity which most of us came all the way here to pray for,” she says.