Rain Disrupts Pilgrims, Business At Namugongo

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Most of the pilgrims inside the shrines both at the catholic and Anglican sites had occupied open spaces as organizers have been preparing and decorating the shelters for the celebration due tomorrow. However, the weather abruptly changed and everybody rushed to get a shelter.

Rain has disrupted business and thousands of pilgrims at Namugongo Martyrs Shrine.
Most of the pilgrims at the Catholic and Anglican sites had occupied the open spaces as organizers decorated the shrines in preparation for tomorrow's celebrations.
Some of the pilgrims from Up-Country and other countries like Tanzanian and Kenya were seen running in different directions for shelter.
"These are all blessings from God," Agnes Nambatya, a pilgrim said. She says that the more difficulties a pilgrim encounters, the more blessing they get from God.
Some of the pilgrims braved the rain and remained in the queues as they were being thoroughly screened by security officers.  

For the business operators, the rain destroyed items belonging to vendors.
Umar Katongole, a trader notes that he had started receiving customers, but was disrupted by the rains.
Luganda //Cue in…. "Embeeera yenkuba
Cue out….. tujja kufuna sente"//
However, to some vendors, the rains were a blessing. John Amooti says that he was able to raise more than he had anticipated through the sale of umbrellas.  
Luganda //Cue in….enkuba bwetonya
Cue out netokwasayo kukasente"//
Pilgrims from different parts of the country continue to flock Namugongo.