By Ronald Kabuye
The Christian Ecumenical Council of Uganda CECU, a body that units seven religions has unveiled its program for the Uganda martyrs celebrations due on 3rd June at Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka’s led Mamre international Prayer Centre Namugongo Janda.
While unveiling the program, Uganda’s Archbishop for the World Wide Anglican Church WWAC Christopher Lwanga Tusuubira whose church will lead this year’s celebrations said the main celebrant of the day will be their universal Archbishop Jean Beard from United States of America who is expected to arrive in the country on 1st June.
The celebrations will be held under the theme ” God will deliver us from the blazing furnace, Daniel 3:17”
In his speech the host of the celebration and also Bishop of the Evangelical Orthodox Church EOC in Uganda that subscribes to the Antioch Catholic rite Jacinto Kibuuka, emphasized the fact that martyrs died for Jesus Christ thus making it incumbent upon all Christians to celebrate them.
He added that them being Ugandans and some being blood relatives to martyrs makes it valid for them to celebrate the day.
Bishop Kibuuka also said they hold plans of developing part of Nakiyanja river where pangas that were used to kill the martyrs were cleansed from since it’s where Mamre international prayer centre were they celebrate the day from sits so as turn it into a tourism site.
According to the program issued, the day will preceded by night deliverance and healing prayers on 2nd to be led by Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka and on the D-day Official celebrations will commence at 11am.
Unlike last year’s celebrations were vehicles were blocked from accessing the venue, this time all VIPs with stickers will be allowed to access the venue.
Members churches of CECU include Evangelical Orthodox Church, worldwide Anglican Church, Orthodox Anglican Church, charismatic Apostolic Church of Africa, Universal Peace Federation, Brazilian Charismatic Church and Anglo Catholic Church.
According to the directions those coming from the eastern part of Uganda including Mukono will branch off from seta move through Sondo to Nabusunge then connect to Mamre however those who will move through Seeta will be able to access the venue from the Anglican shrine.
Those who will be coming from Kampala and Wakiso will move through Ntinda, Northern By pass, Kiwatule, Kira to Nsasa and connect to Mamre.