Low Turn-up as Ruwenzori Diocese Marks Luwum Day

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Less than 50 people turned up for prayers at St Johns Cathedral in Fort Portal as Ruwenzori Diocese marked the Janani Luwum Day with a service led by Bishop Reuben Kisembo. Since Monday, the cathedral administration has been putting announcements on radio stations inviting Christians for the prayers.

St John's Cathedral in Fort Portal was nearly empty as Ruwenzori Diocese marked the Janani Luwum Day with a service led by Bishop Reuben Kisembo.

Unlike being a silent affair in many dioceses in the country, Ruwenzori Diocese has celebrated the day to mark 40 years since the arrest and eventual murder of Archbishop Janani Luwum of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire.

There was very low turn up of Christians with less than 50 people turning up for the prayers. Since Monday, the cathedral administration has been putting announcements on radio stations inviting Christians for the prayers.

There were also only five clergymen assisting the bishop, including the Dean of the Cathedral, Reverend Canon Ezra Musobozi.

In his sermon, Bishop Kisembo said that he was disappointed by the low turn up of the Christians. He said that there should not be an excuse not to attend the prayers since the government gazetted the day as a public holiday.

Kisembo said that he hopes that next year's celebrations will be embraced by all Christians in the diocese.

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Bishop Kisembo also urged the leaders and the public to emulate the work of Archbishop Luwum and speak out without fear about the wrongs in society such as corruption, misuse of funds and sexual immorality. He also said that Christians should learn to persevere in difficult times.

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Luwum, the then Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire, was murdered on February 16, 1977 in Kampala on the orders of President Idi Amin Dada, after he was suspected of plotting to overthrow the government. He was hurriedly buried at his ancestral home in Wii Gweng Village, in Mucwini Sub County in Kitgum district, where the day's main event took place. 

Killed together with the Archbishop were two government ministers, Charles Oboth Ofumbi for Internal Affairs and Lt. Col. Erinayo Oryema, the minister for Culture.

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of the Church of Uganda was joined by at least 26 other bishops and hundreds of clergymen and women to remember a church leader who stood his ground in the face political threat and paid the ultimate price for it.
  
Thousands of Christians converged at the Janani Luwum's home, many of them trekking hundreds of kilometres to the venue, according to Reverend Francis Okot, the Missions Director of Kitgum Diocese.
  
Vice President Edward Sekandi, Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah and Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda are among the guests at Mucwini.

 

 

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