Knights of St. Matia Mulumba Pledge $10,000 for Uganda Martyrs

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A group of Nigerian pilgrims called the Knights of St. Mulumba impressed fellow pilgrims by pledging 10, 000 dollars to help in the rehabilitation of the martyrs shrine in Kiyinda – Mityana Diocese.

Every June 3, a group of Nigerians travel from all over Nigeria to Uganda to pay homage to the Uganda Martyrs.
While some Ugandans have turned the celebrations at Namugongo into a festival of excess, the delegation from Nigeria comes to venerate the saints who shed their blood in this holy place.
The Nigerian contingent is quite different from pilgrims of different nationalities trek on foot or by bus to Namugongo to bear winess to the pain and torture the martyrs suffered at the hands of the Chief Executioner Mukajanga. The Knights of St. Mulumba buy air tickets to the pilgrimage. 
The Knights of St. Mulumba are a charitable organization based in Nigeria who drew their name from St. Matia Mulumba who was dismembered at the spot where St. Matia Mulumba Catholic Parish Church in Old Kampala stands today. Mulumba was killed on May 30, 1886.
Mathias Mulumba was born in Kyebando in Busoga but settled in Butega in Mityana now a parish in Kiyinda –Mityana diocese.
Every year Kiyinda - Mityana Diocese makes a pilgrim to Butega village on May 30, the home of Mathias Mulumba settled. This is the same home where his mother Meme, his sister Munaku later baptized Maria Matilda and two sons Anselm and Julia Baleka two years old were arrested during the height of persecution of Christian converts.
At the time of martyrdom, Matthias Mulumba had escorted his Chief Luke Banabakintu (the Mukwenda) to Mengo to rebuild the palace in Mengo which had been destroyed by fire.
Mathias Mulumba is one of the four martyrs from Mityana alongside Noa Mawaggali, Luke Banabakintu and Ambrose Kibuuka. It was the second largest station after Nabulagala, that at the time of martyrdom it had trained over 200 catechists.  
Dressed in white and green flowery African gab, the Knights of St. Mulumba are usually a common sight as they celebrate mass at St. Matia Mulumba parish in Old Kampala, in Butega in Mityana and at Kiyinda – Mityana Diocese and later Namugongo on June 3.
The Knights of St. Mulumba to Uganda were led by Anthony Onuh. The group comprised of men and women.
The Knights of St. Mulumba were started by Ojefuwa a monk and priest in Nigeria.
Started in 1953 with an initial membership of 23, the Knights of St. Mulumba has grown to 21,000.
The organization serves to help the Church, protect the teaching of the Catholic Church and the good pronouncements of the Pope and support the Church entirely.
The group is involved in donating for upkeep of the Church and supplies it with dynamic suggestions.
To become a Knight of St. Mulumba one is nominated based on their charitable activities and how much time they dedicate to church activities and their knowledge of the faith.
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They activities are determined by the demands of the church and the group contributes to the demands of the Church.
The Knights of St. Mulumba is a member of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights alongside others like the Knights of St. Columbus in USA, the Knights of St. Peter of Cleaves, Knights of Vasco Da Gama in Zambia, Knights of Martial in Ghana, and Knights of Columbanus in Australia.
Onuh explains that they chose the name of Knights of St. Mulumba because they admired the martyr's leadership ability and dynamism. He says they took on the name because they could easily identify with him as an African.
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120 Knights of St. Mulumba attended the celebrations to mark 127 years since the Uganda Martyrs died for their beliefs.
During the celebrations, the Knights impressed fellow pilgrims by singing their own anthem in Luganda. They also donated 10,000 United States dollars to go towards rehabilitating the Martyrs’ shrines in Kiyinda – Mityana Diocese.
A similar organization has been started in Kampala, Uganda as the pilot Knights of St. Mulumba to support the Church.
Father Augustine Lukenge Kaluule, the parish priest of Mityana cathedral parish, speaking about the Knights of St. Mulumba said he was challenged by this group of people.
Father Lukenge Kaluule explained that the Knights give Ugandans a challenge how they have emulated the Uganda Martyrs with their strong religious devotion and have to travel to Uganda for the Martyrs’ day celebrations.