Artistic Plan for Janani Luwum Burial Site Unveiled

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The master plan for the site is based on six core concepts that represent the life of Luwum from a humble background to his spiritual journey that eventually led to his murder, on February 16, 1977, during the reign of President Idi Amin Dada.

An artistic impression and plan for the burial grounds for the late Archbishop Janani Luwum has been unveiled today during the 40th anniversary of his death. 

The master plan for the site is based on six core concepts that represent the life of Luwum from a humble background to his spiritual journey that eventually led to his murder, on February 16, 1977, during the reign of President Idi Amin Dada. 

These include a symbolic representation of the culture of Uganda and East Africa through the use of local materials and grass-thatched, ecologically sustainable, resource-efficient structures and a series of orchards around the site among others. 

Huo Anita Kumo, one of the architects of the master plan referred to it as a true labour of love. She explains that once completed, the site, in Mucwini Sub County in Kitgum District, will be expected to be used for international pilgrimage, remembrance, spiritual awakening and celebration. 

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The memorial site is expected to sit on 100 acres of land which extends beyond the borders of church grounds into the community land which will be acquired for this pan to be effective and will be developed in phases. 

The Vice President Edward Sekandi, while delivering the speech of President Museveni, said government will support the construction of the memorial site. 

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Some key features in the master plan include a tomb at the resting place of the late Archbishop which will be a centre-piece and corner stone for the design of the memorial grounds. It will also comprise shrines for meditations, an athletic field, educational facilities and hotels among others. 

Luwum, the then Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire, was murdered on February 16, 1977 in Kampala and is buried at his ancestral home in Wii Gweng Village, in Mucwini Sub County in Kitgum district. Killed together with the Archbishop were two government ministers, Charles Oboth Ofumbi for Internal Affairs and Lt. Col. Erinayo Oryema, the minister for Culture.

 

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Annet Lekuru
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