Monday May 12 2014

Ssekandi to lead pilgrims in martyrs walk

A reverend visits a martyrs’ monument at Uganda

A reverend visits a martyrs’ monument at Uganda Martyrs Church Busega, one of the places expected to be toured. PHOTO BY MARTIN SSEBUYIRA 

By Martin ssebuyira

The Vice President, Mr Edward Ssekandi, is expected to lead more than 10,000 pilgrims in a 10-kilometre walk from Rubaga to Namugongo on June 1 to raise money for the Uganda Heart Institute in Mulago hospital.

Dubbed the Martyrs’ Walk, the pilgrims will trek various spots where Uganda martyrs were killed to promote the route as a tourist site.
Mr John Ssepembwa, the deputy chief executive officer of the Uganda Tourism Board, last Friday said tourism officials have not been so pronounced in giving back proceeds from the sector which promoted them to raise money for the Uganda heart institute in order to save millions of children.

He said they expect about 5,000 Kenyan pilgrims, 2,200 from Rwanda while others from Nigeria and thousands of Ugandans to trek the trail.
Mr Ssepembwa said the walk will start at 9.30am around Kampala starting from Rubaga Road to Rubaga Hill and then to Mackay’s Cave in Nateete.
The pilgrims will continue to Busega then to Kitebi. From there, they will head to Kyamula to Mulungu and Munyonyo.

Later, they will go to the Martyrs Shrine in Munyonyo and finally to Naalya before reaching Namugongo.

Mr Ssepebwa said they will form a faith-based tourism committee, comprising of all religious sects to document the history of 100 Muslim martyrs who were also killed.

martyr spots in kampala
Busega: Three missionaries were killed.
Kitebi: Fr Mapeera was arrested
Kyamula: Ponsiano Ngondwe was beheaded.
Mulungu: Musa Mukasa was speared.
Munyonyo: Denis Ssebugwawo was murdered.
Martyrs shrine, Munyonyo: Andrew Kaggwa was sentenced and murdered.
Naalya: Gonzaga Gonza was murdered.