Brief back ground about the Uganda Martyrs
This tragic but heroic story is set against a background after the death of King Muteesa 1 of Buganda in 1884. He is the one who invited the white missionaries to bring Christian faith to his kingdom in 1875. He was succeeded by his son Prince Basamula Mwanga who was aged 18. As a young man, Mwanga did not have much political experience. He was certainly far behind his father who had been wiser, older and more experienced. By then Buganda was in a period of transition, many people were converting from the Kiganda traditional religion to Christianity including his foremost courtiers which thing threatened his royal powers. He was threatened greatly by the news he received that the German, Carl Peters was preparing to attack Buganda.
On 3rd June 2017 Pilgrims from all over the world came to Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine to celebrate 131 years of the Anglican Martyrs.
The Rt. Rev. Nathan Gasatura, Bishop of Butale Anglican Diocese –Rwanda was the guest preacher at the celebrations. He encouraged Ugandans to love their nation because Uganda’s motto (For God and my Country) is a significant sign that Uganda is a God fearing Country.
The Vice president of Uganda Hon. Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi who represented Gen. Yoweri Kagutta Museveni- President the republic of Uganda, thanked the province of the Church of Uganda for the works done at the museum and the Martyr’s seminary; he encouraged the province to promote more historical sites in order to attract more funds for the province.
Namirembe Diocese hosted this years’ celebrations under the theme “ Marty’s don’t die in vain”
Next year’s celebrations will be organized by Kinkizi Diocese, North Kigezi Diocese, Kigezi Diocese, Muhabura Diocese.