GOOD PUBLICITY NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT NAMUGONGO INCLUDING THE WALKING TO THE SHRINES FROM FAR.
94 Kabale Pilgrims Begin Walking to Namugongo
22 May 2013, 11:33
The pilgrims began their 420km walk to Namugongo from Kabale
The pilgrims begin their 420km walk to Namugongo from Kabale
A total of 94 pilgrims have on Tuesday afternoon left Kabale on foot for a distance of 420 kilometres to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine ahead of this yearâ€™s Martyrs' Day celebrations slated for 3rd June.
A total of 94 pilgrims have on Tuesday afternoon left Kabale on foot for a distance of 420 kilometres to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine ahead of this year’s Martyrs' Day celebrations slated for 3rd June.
Singing and cheering, the pilgrims first walked through the streets of Kabale Municipality before they started the 420 kilometres journey.
The 94 pilgrims who comprise 60 men and 34 women aged between 25 to 66 years were flagged off at Rushoroza cathedral and are from the districts of Kisoro and Kabale.
Kabale Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator, Rev. Fr. Bruno Byomuhangi who presided over the mass to flag off the pilgrims revealed that the act will remind them of the passion of Jesus Christ while on the cross and enable them renew their faith.
Bibiana Ayebare, one of the pilgrims told our reporter that she will dedicate the time to God in prayer, so that her prayer requests are granted.
Ayebare says that if she manages to trek to Namugongo, it will be her third time to go to Namugongo from Kabale on foot and says that the journey usually takes two weeks.
Ayebare says that they usually take off time to rest at churches along the main road at night and embark on their journey during the day.
The pilgrims also include those from Rwanda and Democratic Republic Congo and two Anglican Christians.
Medard Nzamuye, a Congolese national who is part of the pilgrims, says that the journey will help them pray for peace in his homeland.
He says that he will use the journey to pray to God so that peace can be restored.
The Uganda Martyrs were Christian converts who were murdered for their faith in the historical kingdom of Buganda, now part of Uganda.
They were killed after they refused to swear allegiance to the Buganda King Mwanga II over their new found faith and God. The martyrs also rejected the traditional gods of Buganda culture.
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