Kabale Pilgrims Start 400km Walk to Namugongo

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A group of 90 pilgrims from Kabale on Monday started their journey for Namugongo ahead of the June 3 Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations.

A group of 90 pilgrims from Kabale on Monday started their journey for Namugongo ahead of the June 3 Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations.

The group comprises of the pilgrims from Kigezi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


The 52 men and 38 women aged between 35 to 65 years started the journey with the aim of praying for peace and reconciliation in the DR Congo and the world at large. They hope to walk 416 kilometers to Namugongo Martyrs Shrine within 11 days.
 
The pilgrims were set off in a Holy Mass held at Rushoroza Cathedral on Monday morning presided over by the Kabale Diocese Vicar General Msgr. Silverio Twinomuhangi. 

Msgr. Twinomuhangi revealed that walking to Namugongo will remind the Christians of the suffering which was faced by the Uganda Martyrs who were burnt to ashes by Kabaka Mwanga in June 1885 after they refused to denounce religion.

Muhereza Alifonse, one of the pilgrims says that this will bring them closer to God as they struggle to accomplish the journey.

A Congolese pilgrim who preferred anonymity revealed that she will use the journey to pray to God so that their leaders can wake up and protect them from wars and insecurity.

Teopista Tibenderana, another pilgrim says that walking to Namugongo brings peace in her home. She revealed that she was inspired the first time she walked to Namugongo in 2011 and realised that she could do it again and again.