Namugongo Catholic Shrines on Friday prepared three venues for mass to
accommodate the large number of Christians for the New Year prayers.
Some Christians celebrated mass inside the Basilica and at the pavilions where the Uganda Martyr’s Day and other important days in the Catholic
Church are held.
The main service inside the Basilica was led by Rev Fr Ponsiano Mayega while
one of the other masses was led by Parish Priest Vincent Lubega. At all the venues,
Christians practised social distancing to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
At the entrance of the Martyrs Shrines, Counter-Terrorism policemen denied
children and adults who did not wear masks without poorly worn masks to access
the premises. All people were subjected to body temperature checks and their
hands were sprayed with sanitizers.
Even after mass, Christians were urged not to converge but the emphasis was on
keeping masks throughout the mass. All the priests urged Christians to keep the
peace as the country waits to cast presidential and parliamentary votes in two
Fr Posiano Mayega asked Christians to be thankful to God who has enabled them to
go through a tough year which was characterized by Covid19 pandemic. Mayega
reminded Christians that they should have love and respect for one another.
“In whatever you do please ensure to keep the peace. Keep praying and asking
God to provide peace for this country. Put all your worries and wishes of this
year in prayer and you will not regret,” Fr Mayega said.
The message of peace was the same preached by Fr Victor Mubiru at St Peter’s
Nsambya Catholic Church. Fr Mubiru called upon Christians to pray for Uganda in
these remaining days towards polls.
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Uganda will be going to the polls on January 14 to choose the President and
Members of Parliament. The campaign period has been characterized by incidents
of violence where security personnel have clashed with supporters of opposition
In November last year, 54 people were killed during the sporadic protests that
emanated from the arrest of National Unity Platform –NUP presidential
candidate, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.