Luwum Day; A Testament of Free Expression – VoxPop

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From the streets of Kampala, Deborah Bashabe says the day is worth celebrating because it symbolizes the need for free speech and a call for every Ugandan to always speak up against excesses in society.

Hundreds converged at Wii Gweng village in Mucwini Sub County, today, to pay tribute to the late Janani Luwum, the former Archbishop of the Province of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga Zaire.

Luwum, a leading voice in criticizing government excesses was killed on February 16, 1977, on the orders of President Idi Amin Dada. He was accused of being in contact with Forces that were planning to overthrow the regime. In his memory, February 16 is marked as a public holiday.

As celebrations went on, Uganda Radio Network set out to ask Ugandans in Kampala what it meant to them.

From the streets of Kampala, Deborah Bashabe says the day is worth celebrating because it symbolizes the need for free speech and a call for every Ugandan to always speak up against excesses in society.
 
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Jacob Eyeru says the day is a call to religious leaders to speak against what is bad. He compares it with the current discussions between government and the religious leaders on commenting on political issues.
 
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Silvestre Sabiiti, a journalist says this day should remind Ugandans of the role of religious leaders' in as far as enhancing democracy.

"What Janani died for is influencing the church's relationship today with the government. Given the times that we are living in where we see government coming out and strongly opposing the church when it speaks on very important political matters," Sabiiti said.

After his death, he was declared a martyr by Canterbury Cathedral/Church of England, the first ecclesiastical society to proclaim him an African Martyr.
 

 

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