UGX 500M Budgeted for Luwum's Anniversary Celebrations

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Rev. Francis Okello Okot, the Missions Coordinator in Kitgum Diocese, says they have sent out appeals to various dioceses in the province of Church of Uganda to come to their aid.

Preparations are in top gear for the 40 anniversary celebrations for the late Anglican Archbishop, Janani Luwum in Kitgum District. Government declared February 16th each year to commemorate the murder of Luwum. 

He served as the Archbishop of Church of Uganda from 1974 to 1977 when he was killed during the reign of the former President, Idd Amin Ddada. The Archbishop is said to have been an outspoken critic of Amin's government.

 
Kitgum Diocese is currently holding meetings in preparations for Luwum's 40th Anniversary celebrations. The Diocese has earmarked Shillings 160million out of the needed Shillings 500 million for the celebrations.

 
The diocese hopes government will top up the balance. Rev. Simon Peter Odur, the Arch Deacon Chua Arch-deaconry, says they have identified several sources so to meet part of the costs.
 
 
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He says they expect the remaining money to come from the Central Government led by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda as part of President Museveni's pledge to the diocese two years ago. 
 
 The money will be used for clearing of the venue for the celebrations, installing piped water and electricity and facilitation of the door to door evangelism five days to the event and accommodating key guests among others.
 
 
A minimum of 15,000 pilgrims are expected to participate in the event. Rev. Francis Okello Okot, the Missions Coordinator in Kitgum Diocese, says they have sent out appeals to various dioceses in the province of Church of Uganda to come to their aid.
 

 
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