Church of Uganda is set to turn the burial site of the late Janan Luwum, the former Anglican Bishop of Uganda into a pilgrim site. Luwum was buried in Wigweng in Mucwini Sub County in Kitgum district following his murder on February 16, 1977 during the reign of former president, Iddi Amin Dadda.
Government declared February 16 a public holiday to commemorate the murder of the late Luwum. Preparations for the 40th anniversary celebration are in top gear. Now, government and Church of Uganda have disclosed plans to unveil a master plan that will see his Luwum's burial ground turned into a pilgrim site.
Ambassador Olara Otunnu, the co-chair of the organizing committee, says
a team of designers and architects are currently working on the master plan and an artistic impression.
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He says the pilgrimage site will be comprised of a new church, prayer arena and a sculpture of the late Archbishop Janan Luwum.
In his statement, delivered by the Assistant Bishop of Kampala Hannington Mutebi, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali noted that the first Janan Luwum legacy celebrations will be held in Kampala on February 5th at St. Paul's Cathedral Namirembe where he was supposed to have been buried.
The Church has identified five centers from which people will gather and walk to Namirembe Cathedral led by Brass Bands for the church service. They include All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero, Mengo Archdeaconry Center, St. Francis Chapel Makerere, Zana Church of Uganda and Mckay Church of Uganda.
The prime minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda will be the Chief Guest. Bishop Mutebi explains other activities that will precede the day's preaching.
Bishop Mutebi also confirmed that the Guest Preacher at the main celebrations at Mucwini on February 16th will be Rt. Rev. Mike Hill, the Bishop of Bristol Diocese in the United Kingdom who will represent, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was earlier on expected to grace the celebrations.
Simon Lokodo, the Ethics and Integrity State Minister, said they have drawn a budget of Shillings 690 million for both events.