Government has announced a scientific celebration on Martyrs Day tomorrow, 3rd June, 2020.
According to Frank Baine, Uganda Prisons spokesperson, who is also a member of the COVID-19 Security Taskforce, this year, Martyrs Day will be celebrated scientifically and there will be no pilgrims at Namugongo.
“Public gatherings have not yet been allowed even though tomorrow is Martyrs Day. Only 100 people were invited for the celebrations. At the Namugongo Catholic Church, there will be 60 people and 40 will be at the Anglican Church,” Baine said adding that the rest of the people should celebrate from home.
Every year, Uganda celebrates the lives of a group of 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic who were killed on orders of then Kabaka of Buganda Mwanga II, for refusing to denounce Christianity.
However, due to coronavirus pandemic, there will be no pilgrims at Namugongo this year for the first time since 1920 when Namugongo received its first pilgrimage.
The celebration will be led by the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.