Father Joe King, the St Kalooli Lwanga Mbikko Parish priest led at the mass at Buwoolo, the exact place where Kibe was killed. In his sermon, Father King, said the pilgrims symbolize the heavenly journey of the Ugandan martyrs.
Hundreds of Ugandan pilgrims joined their Kenyan counterparts in Mabira forest this morning to hold mass in remembrance of John
Kibe, a Kenyan pilgrim from Nakuru who was knocked dead in May 1998 on his way
to Namugongo for Martyrs day celebrations.
Father Joe King, the St Kalooli Lwanga Mbikko
Parish priest led at the mass at Buwoolo, the exact place where Kibe was
killed. In his sermon, Father King, said the pilgrims symbolize the heavenly
journey of the Ugandan martyrs.
He said the movement of the pilgrims helps other Christians
to reflect on God’s glory by merely looking at them and wonder where they get
the energy to walk.
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Ronnie Wademu, a pilgrim from Nakuru, who witnessed the
accident, which claimed Kibe’s life, says the deceased was running a head of
the group when he was knocked.
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Last week, four other pilgrims from Bungoma Catholic Diocese
were knocked dead along Iganga-Bugiri road by a taxi destined for Mbale from
Father Justice Oyuge, the chaplain and leader of the pilgrims
from Kitabi catholic diocese, told URN that they began their journey on May 1
as a small group of 80 people and were joined by other people increasing the
number to over 1500.
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Kenyan pilgrims are drawn from Kitale, Nakuru,
Kakomaga, Nyahururu, Lodwa, Kakomega, Kisi, Nairobi and Machakosi.
Wambwesyo, the Ssezibwa Region Traffic Officer, says they have deployed along
Kampala-Jinja Highway to ensure the safety of the pilgrims to their next
destination in Namagunga from where they will proceed to Namugongo on Saturday.
He says they are all making roll calls of the pilgrims at
every stopover to identify those missing and intruders.