West Lango Diocese to Promote Kungu Village for Religious Tourism

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Richard Ogwang Odyero, the chairperson of Laity in West Lango Diocese, says they will soon build a museum at the site where they store the canoe used by the evangelists to cross River Nile.

West Lango Diocese is considering promoting Kungu village in Apac district as a religious tourism site.  The first evangelical team from Buganda region led by Yowasi Katono is believed to have arrived and settled in Kungu village in 1905.

 
The team used Kungu village as its base to spread the good news of Christianity in Lango and in other regions. Each year, thousands of Christian faithfuls from Lango and surrounding areas gather in Kungu village to celebrate and commemorate the day the good news reached the region.
 

This year's celebrations were held on November 2018. Rev. Alfred Acur Okodi, the Bishop of West Lango Diocese, says they are considering the site into a religious tourism site. He says as they wait for government intervention, West Lango Diocese has already gazetted the site for the annual gathering by Christians.

 

Richard Ogwang Odyero, the chairperson of Laity in West Lango Diocese, says they will soon build a museum at the site where they store the canoe used by the evangelists to cross River Nile. 

He says President, Yoweri Museveni has already directed the Tourism Ministry and Uganda Tourism Board to consider developing the site.
 

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Peter Otim, an Anglican faithful in Apac district has urged local authorities in Lango to conserve the site.


 
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Professor Ephraim Kamuntu, the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities has backed the proposal, saying government is committed to promoting domestic tourism.

 
He says government is already considering developing Kungu site among others as religious tourism sites. Kungu parish is also the ancestral home and burial place of the late former President, Dr. Apollo Milton Obote.