As a result, Twinomugisha’s supporters decided to block the polls from taking place. Mugerwa’s supporters on the other hand said that by the time they arrived at the polling station, their names were missing on the party register.
She is most likely the only foot pilgrim who turned up for the celebration this year, after the church called off the annual event in the wake of Coronavirus Disease. As countries battled the pandemic, borders were closed, the government banned public gatherings and asked faithful’s to stay home.
Archbishop Lwanga says that faithful’s should not forget that in 1942, two white sisters who had been admitted to Lubaga Hospital were healed from a pneumonic plague, which was a deadly disease at that time when there were no antibiotics.
The annual celebration is in remembrance of 45 young Christian converts who were brutally murdered between 1885-1887 by Kabaka Mwanga for their allegiance to Christianity. They were beatified in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV and later canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1964.
Godfrey Muwanga, the Municipal Finance Officer is optimistic that the municipality will be able to achieve its desired goal of supporting 50 per cent of its budget within the next three years. He says this will be possible through teamwork among technocrats, leaders, and residents.
Enock Ariga Marindi, another resident notes that the entire compensation process is shrouded in mystery, saying the ministry has deliberately hidden information from them. He says only a few have been compensated but no one can tell the criteria used to decide who receives the money.
The plan to transform the historical site was first outlined 2014 with a mega aspiration of setting up a 36 billion Shillings complex to house, among others, a museum with artefacts detailing the different cultures and history of Christianity in Uganda, a modern library, conference hall, computer area, and a children’s park.
Rev Esau Bbosa Kimangye, the Assistant Vicar of Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, says they were concerned when they learnt of the development, saying the project is a threat to the safety and security of the museum, where both the church and government have sank a lot of money.
While celebrating 15 years at a function held at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, on Monday, members looked back at the journey which, according to them, brings memories of agony and ecstasy. They stressed that their journey is characterized by thorns, creepers, valleys, and mountains formed by the brutality meted on them by the ruling government.
The FDC party leaders some of them on foot and vehicles soldiered on attracting crowds, which prompted police to use tear gas and live bullets to stop them. This led to running battles between police and the FDC party members whose numbers kept growing.
Sebunya reportedly took him to the land as an estate manager tasked with executing different duties including surveying and opening boundaries of the land and clearing it of illegal occupants. Kabagambe says that he made a gentlemans agreement with Kiwa Ssebunya that he would be rewarded with 200 hectares of land upon completion of the task.