With  barely three days  remaining  to the  long awaited Namugongo  Uganda Martyrs Day,   members of the  Fort Portal Diocese  Organizing Commiittee  in charge of this year’s event at the Catholic Shrine led by Bishop  Dr. Robert Muhirwa Akiiki   have today  updated journalists on  the progress and challenges of the preparations so far.

The Uganda Episcopal Conference appointed Fort Portal Diocese to lead this year’s event, an assignment which the Diocese last performed 25 years ago in 1997.

Members of the  Fort Portal Diocese  Organizing Commiittee for this year’s  Namugongo Martyrs event at the Catholic Shrine  led by Bishop Robert Akiiki  Muhirwa  have today  updated the media  on the final preparations  of the  final event scheduled for 3rd June this year.

Bishop Muhirwa   who will also be this year’s   main celebrant said that so far a team of pilgrims from Fort Portal Diocese have so far arrived at Nswanjere Seminary, including a choir of 300 members, from where they will proceed to Namugongo tomorrow.

However, the Bishop  cautioned intending pilgrims to be  strictly observe the   Ministry of Health Standing  operation Procedures  “ SOPS”  on COVID- 19,  in addition to observing the   hygiene and sanitation standards ,  by not coming with  any  polythene materials (kaveera)  in line with this year’s Pope’s  Episcopal letter urging the believers to be mindful  of the   environment.

However, the Bishop noted that though much of the 1billion shillings  budgeted so far for this year’s event is about to be realized , the committee still lacks some funds to meet some of its obligations.

The Diocesan Pastoral Cordinator, who also doubles as this year’s organizing commiitte chairman Fr. Charles Oyo urged pilgrims to comply with security measures in place for the success of the event.

This year’s celebrations will be marked under the theme:” Baptized and sent to witness Christ with love and hope”. Fort Portal Diocese last organized such national martyrs’ celebrations 25 years ago   in 1997.