Gulu Pilgrims Share Delight as they Enter Kampala

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The joyful pilgrims are riding on the beat of the pilgrimage to stroke the streets with their feet in jerking dance movement. From the traditional Lakubukubu tunes to deep spiritual worships, the journey is memorable all the way.

Foot Pilgrims from Gulu Archdiocese have made a grand entry into Kampala, after close to two weeks of the journey of faith preceding the Uganda Martyrs Day Celebrations. 




The joyful pilgrims are riding on the beat of the pilgrimage to stroke the streets with their feet in jerking dance movement. From the traditional Lakubukubu tunes to deep spiritual worships, the journey is memorable all the way. 





They sing about their heroes of faith; St. Janani Luwum, the disciplines, the martyrs of Paimol Saudi Okello and Jildo Irwa, as well as Jesus Christ himself. It is a journey full of colour and pomp.   Betty Acayo, a mother of five children resident in Laliya parish says she will remember the pilgrimage by the amount of comfort from her troubles. She is separated from her husband.  




Pece Division LCIII councillor Walter Nyeko Otto says he will remember the pilgrimage with the several beats performed along the way. He says some of the songs had 'wings' which carried him straight to heaven.   Otto who has been serving the entourage as the choir conductor cites songs such as glory be unto God and Mukama tusasire among, others.  




Father Seraphine Opiyo, a priest at Paimol Martyrs Shrine accompanying the pilgrims Likened the pilgrimage to the biblical exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to the promised land Canaan.  He recalls that the first three days of the journey were troubling when the spirit of death manifested itself through accidents between Gulu town and Bweyale trading centre in Kiryandongo district.  



Father Opiyo says they had to declare intercession through the Uganda martyrs for an end to the accidents when a third pedestrian sustained a broken limb. He says since then, they haven't had another incident of an accident.  




According to Father Opiyo, the Pilgrims grumbled and complained about the walks despite willingly committing to taking the faith walk.   The Pilgrims set off from Gulu Archdiocese on May 15 with intermittent rest days lasting an average of two days. Their last stopping point was St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Chapel in Matugga, Gombe sub-county in Wakiso district.  




As they entered Kampala, security diverted the entourage from Kawempe through Tula - Kalerwe, a few kilometres from the northern bypass. Gulu Diocese is animating this year celebration on behalf of the Catholic Church.  




The Celebration is in remembrance of Christian converts that were killed between January 31, 1885, and January 27, 1887, on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga II of Buganda. Pope Paul VI canonized the 22 Catholic Martyrs in 1964.

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.