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112 Anglican Pilgrims From Greater Ankole Dioceses Arrive at Namugongo

The five dioceses of West Ankole, North Ankole, North West Ankole, South Ankole, and Ankole Diocese were selected to lead this year’s Martyrs' Day event.
Pilgrims from Mbarara arriving at the Anglican Martyrs' Site, Namugongo ahead of June 3

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112 foot pilgrims from Greater Ankole Dioceses have arrived at the Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo amid excitement.

The five dioceses of West Ankole, North Ankole, North West Ankole, South Ankole, and Ankole Diocese were selected to lead this year’s Martyrs' Day event.

The pilgrims who were singing praises were received by Ankole Diocese Bishop Fred Sheldon Mwesigwa. They arrived 4 days ahead of the Martyrs celebrations slated for June 3 on the theme: 'Hope beyond affliction.'  

The pilgrims from Ntungamo and Mbarara districts among them young people and the elderly narrated how they sacrificed their activities to seek God.  

First to arrive was a team of 38 pilgrims from South Ankole Diocese led by Rev. Ambrose Amanya who said they spent 9 days walking.

Among the pilgrims was 28- year -old Rachael Kanyesigye, a hairdresser from Ntungamo who said that she came to pray for God’s protection and success.   With her legs dressed in bandages, Kanyesigye moving with her friend, Ayesigamukama Agaba, 22, said that she decided to walk as a thanksgiving because of the many things God has done in her life.

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Agaba, a tailor in Ntungamo who was limping explained that she decided to walk as a fulfillment of her promise when God answered her prayers to start a business.   She said that although she suffered pain in the legs, she believes great things will be done in her life. 

Joy Tumuhirwe, 73, arrived at Namugongo for the fifth time because of the peace and to thank God for the prayers answered.   She revealed that for the 4 years she had walked, she can testify for the Lord for the many good things which include success in her family.

Tumuhirwe said her years of trekking to Namugongo are a success in her life.  

Rev. Can Newton Baryeije who led pilgrims from St. James Cathedral Ruharo in Mbarara explained that it was a joy for them after braving the challenges on the road among them heavy rains, and heavy traffic.

According to Baryeije, the main motivation for the trek is the faith, and liberation of their lives.

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One of the pilgrims is Joel Nabasa, 20, a secondary school student who said he abandoned his studies to walk and pray for success.   He said that it was a challenge to walk for more than 283 kilometers.

Bishop Mwesigwa said that the pilgrimage is meant for believers to pray for provision and energize them spiritually.

Greater Ankole Dioceses are also planning to use the martyrs’ day fete to awaken the East Africa Revival Movement which had a great impact on many of the protestant churches in the region having been birthed in Gahini, Rwanda around 1931 and spread to Kigezi in 1935 and Ankole in 1936.