By Kabuye Ronald
The Christian Ecumenical Council of Uganda- CECU has cancelled the 2020, 3rd June Martyrs day celebrations held at Mamre International Prayer Centre Namugongo- Janda, the main branch of the Evangelical Orthodox Church in Uganda that is presided over by Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka.
The news of the cancellation has been communicated by the Vice Chairperson of CECU also the bishop for the Charismatic Episcopal Church in Uganda Hannington Bahemuka in both a press statement and video clip that was shared to the media, faithful and the public.
Bishop Bahemuka fronted the Covid19 Pandemic has the main reason for the cancellation.
“As responsible Ugandans, we honor the directives of His Excellence the president of the republic of Uganda to prevent and control the spread of corona virus.
Therefore, as CECU Bishops, we have collectively come to the consent that we cancel this year’s Martyrs day celebrations until further notice.” The statement reads in parts.
Bishop Bahemuka also appealed to public to earnestly pray for the world to be saved from the fatal pandemic.
This years’ celebrations were to be led by the Charismatic Episcopal Church in Uganda with the main celebrant and preacher as His Grace Archbishop Johns from United States of America.
It should be noted that last year, Government of Uganda gazetted Mamre International Prayer Centre as the third Martyrs Christian site.
During last year’s celebrations Bishop Kibuuka said “martyrs died for Jesus Christ not religion. This means every Christian who follows and believes in Jesus Christ our Savior, every Ugandan and those related to the martyrs have a strong attachment to the martyrs and so they must celebrate them since they are a pride of Christians and Uganda.”
CECU is made of six religious dominions unit which include Evangelical Orthodox Church, Orthodox Anglican Church, World Wide Anglican Church, Universal Peace Federation, Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church and Charismatic Episcopal Church and the same celebration will rotate to each Every year.