Monsignor Prof. Lawrence Ssemusu describes Kiwanuka as a double martyr, of the catholic faith and of justice. He calls Kiwanuka a prisoner trapped by truth and justice who sacrificed his own life for the principles he held so dear.
A priest has
proposed that Uganda’s first Chief Justice Benedicto Kiwanuka be canonized as a
Kiwanuka was kidnapped in 1972 from his High Court Office in Kampala and
reportedly murdered by the former President of Uganda, Idi Amin Dada. 50 years
since his kidnap, Kiwanuka’s remains have never been located.
Fr Richard Nyombi was on Thursday speaking at Lubaga Cathedral during the
first-ever commemoration service for Kiwanuka who was also the President of the
Democratic Party. The theme of the celebration was: "Benedicto Kiwanuka: A
prisoner and Martyr of truth and justice.
Fr. Nyombi said that there had been calls to the Catholic Church to have
Kiwanuka canonized and the catholic church has heeded these calls.
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Father Nyombi, the canonization process will kick off if people start popular
pious devotion around Benedicto Kiwanuka. During the devotion time, he says
people visit the tomb or home or places attached to them.
As the devotion
grows with more numbers joining the devotees then the Bishop of the Diocese
where the devotion is, starts an inquiry into the life of a venerated dead
person and the intercessory powers of the deceased.
Fr. Nyombi adds that whereas there are many people who have experienced
intercessory powers through venerating Benedicto Kiwanuka, it is time for
devotion groups to start so as to begin the canonization process. He says these
can be started through what has been written on his legacy as an unshaken
martyr for truth and justice.
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Lawrence Ssemusu describes Kiwanuka as a double martyr, of the catholic faith
and of justice. He calls Kiwanuka a prisoner trapped by truth and justice who
sacrificed his own life for the principles he held so dear.
Since 2007, the catholic faithful have held intercessory masses for the
beatification of the servant of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere the former President of
Tanzania. In fact, in 2009 every year on June 2nd a Mass is held at Namugongo
praying for the beatification cause of Nyerere.