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Religious Groups in UGX 500m Deficit for Matyrys Day Celebrations

A total budget for the preparations and celebrations at the Catholic shrine was initially Shs720million. Of this, about 600million has so far been realised leaving a deficit of close to 100million shillings.
State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi together with religious leaders organising for the 2018 Uganda Martyrs Day Celebrations next week

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Three religious groups are looking for more than 500million shillings to furnish their budgets a head of next week's 2018 Uganda Martyrs Day Celebrations at Namugongo.

The celebrations are part of the annual faith-based celebrations in which believers under Islamic and Christian faith gather in commemoration of those who died because of their faith.

The Uganda Martyrs day is commemorated ever 3rd June by the Catholics and Anglicans while on 1st June, Muslims commemorate the Uganda Muslim Martyrs that were killed Mwanga II, th Kabaka of Buganda between January 31st 1885 and January 27th 1887.

During a joint press briefing at Uganda Media Centre, the religious groups called on the public to contribute towards success of the events.

A total budget for the preparations and celebrations at the Catholic shrine was initially Shs720million. Of this, about 600million has so far been realised leaving a deficit of close to 100million shillings.

Robert Salongo Kamiza, the Chairperson Organizing Committee, Kampala Chapter of the Tororo Archdiocese made the revelation this morning.

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Fr. Phillip Odii, the Executive Secretary of Social Communications of Uganda Episcopal Conference- Catholic Shrine says the 7,000 foot pilgrims registered from the archdiocese of Tororo will start their pilgrimage to Namugongo this Friday and are expected to officially enter the shrine on Thursday May 3, next week.  

According to Fr. Odii, the Uganda Catholic Secretariat has received notification about the attendance of 1,407 international pilgrims so far.

These are categorized as follows; Malawi 110, Democratic Republic of Congo- DRC, 524, Tanzania 330, Kenya 300, South Africa 63, Nigeria 40, Zimbabwe 21, Japan seven (7) and 12 from USA.

Wycliffe Musinguzi, the chairperson of the Venue and Security Sub-Committee at the Anglican shrine says they are short of Shs.20million of the budget total of Shs.579million.

“We are in a deficit of Shs.20millions but we shall have a meeting with Uganda Tourism Board to see how we shall sort out this. We raised this money through fundraising from individuals, organisations, and churches in our province gave us a basis of Shs.20million each and we already have the money,” Musinguzi said.

Hajj Sulaiman Musana Kawanguzi, the Muslim's organizing committee chairperson said Muslims will also be part of this year's Martyrs celebrations by creating awareness about the Muslim martyrs during celebrations to mark the 45th anniversary of Uganda Muslim Council on June 1st.

Hajj Musana says they had budget for about 400million shillings.

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State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi says government recognizes these celebrations as Faith Based tourism where more than 3million faithful's congregate at the three Uganda Martyrs Shrines.

“We have worked as government to make the stay of the pilgrims hospitable by providing the necessary amenities such as washrooms, clean water, electricity, improved roads, ensure hygienic environment and the redevelopment of the three shrines,” Minister Kiwanda said.

Government has so far contributed over Shs.33billion towards the improvement of infrastructure at the Catholic, Anglican and Muslim shrines.

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