Church of Uganda yesterday launched a project seeking to construct a Shs36 billion museum at the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine in Wakiso District. “We have held this place for over 100 years and to honour the martyrs’ legacy, we are going to develop it and make it beautiful and more attractive,” said retired Archbishop Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, at ground breaking ceremony.
The project will include revamping the core shrine site, a section of the shrine at the entrance that has been fenced off because it includes features that are of great historical significance in the martyrs’ story.
“We are naming this place the core site because it is where martyrdom began,” explained the clergyman who is also the chair of the board of directors and team leader on the project. “It will have two domes. One will house the church and the other will include the prison and holocaust sites as well as the Mukajanga command post and the Ndazabazadde – the trees where the martyrs were killed.”
According to Rev Can Henry Segawa, a member of the board of directors and principal of the Uganda Martyrs Namugongo Seminary, the project will be undertaken in two phases.
“The first phase will cost an estimated Shs3.5b but in totality, if you count in the second phase – about Shs36b will be spent. We hope the first phase will be completed by June 2015.”
The principal said the second phase will see a revamp and development of the area at the entrance with the Church of Uganda Primary School demolished and reallocated to the martyrs’ farm.