According to Dr Olara Otunnu, the former Uganda people’s congress party president who led the pilgrims, the journey was to trace exactly the martyrdom journey of Luwum as it happened on February 16th 1977.
There was excitement at Wii-Gweng village in Mucwini Sub
county this afternoon as more than 70 pilgrims arrived at the ancestral home and
burial ground of St Janani Luwum, accomplishing 510 kms tracing the last foot marks
of the martyr.
The pilgrims drawn from different faith tradition embarked
on a journey to trace the final footsteps of the slain former Church of Uganda Archbishop
on January 29, from Namirembe Cathedral, Kampala.
Archbishop Luwum was murdered on February 16th 1977 by former Uganda president Idi Amin and his body was later hurriedly
buried in front of St Paul Church of Uganda Wii-Gweng by President Idi Amin’s henchmen.
The cheerful and seemingly still energetic pilgrims were welcomed
by hundreds of Christians at Muchwini Trading Centre from their last stop over
in Madi-Opei, where Luwum’s body was mistakenly taken by amin’s henchmen.
According to Dr Olara Otunnu, the former Uganda People’s Congress-UPC party president who led the pilgrims, the journey was to trace
exactly the martyrdom journey of Luwum as it happened on February 16th
He says the pilgrims started their journey from Namirembe,
the former Archbishops palace, to Kampala Serena hotel-the former Nile Mansions,
and Nakasero, the former headquarter of the then state research bureau, where Luwum
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Otunnu says the pilgrimage carried message of faith, prayer,
meditation, reconciliation and forgiveness.
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Jolly Luwum Adriko, the fourth daughter of Archbishop Luwum
says she is humbled by the honour people are still paying to her father, 43
years after his death.
She says celebrating the 43rd anniversary of Luwum
is a challenge to her to match the legacy he left behind.
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Bongomin Peter, a businessman from Gulu district who accomplished
the 510 km pilgrimage says he feels physically and spiritually uplifted after
reaching Luwum’s burial place.
He says the challenging walk has also taught him to endure
difficulties, just like st Janani luwum.
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The pilgrimage , first of its kind since the martyrdom of Luwum
was organized by the province of the church of Uganda prior to the 43rd
commemoration anniversary scheduled for Sunday February 16th at wii-gweng.