Fort Portal Pilgrims Begin 300 Km Trek to Namugongo

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The group comprising of women and young children were flagged off on Tuesday afternoon at Fort Portal Catholic Diocese headquarters at Virika.

400 pilgrims from Fort Portal in Kabarole district have started a 300 kilometer journey to Namugongo ahead of the June 3 Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations.

The group comprising of men, women and children was flagged off on Tuesday afternoon at Fort Portal Catholic Diocese headquarters at Virika.

The walk was preceded by mass at Virika Catholic Church that was led Fr. Titus Winyi, the Parish Priest Virika. While singing, the pilgrims walked through the streets of Fort Portal Municipality accompanied by traffic police officers.

Winyi, who is leading the pilgrims, says that the group from Fort Portal will be joined by pilgrims from Kyenjojo, Kamwenge and Kyegegwa, which also forms part of Fort Portal Diocese. He adds that the pilgrims will rest at ten points during the night and continue with their journey during the day.  Winyi hopes to the pilgrims will reach Namugongo mid next week.

Christine Makune, one of the pilgrims walking to Namugongo for the first time explains that she was inspired to walk by her father who has trekked the journey for the last seven years.

The Uganda martyrs day celebrations is commemorated every year in honor of the martyrdom of 45 young men who converted to Christianity between 1885 and 1887 to the annoyance of then King of Buganda, Mwanga II. The young converts who included 23 Anglicans and 22 Catholics were burnt to death after they refused to denounce Christianity.