The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has called upon Ugandans to emulate the great and exemplary life and leadership of the late Archbishop Janan Luwum which he exhibited through his patriotism and great church leadership while Archbishop of the metropolitan province of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire.
The Prime Minister said the murder of Archbishop Janan Luwum was as a result of opposing and resisting the former President, late Idi Amin’s dictatorship and tyrannical regime
Consequently, the government of Uganda, the Church and the civil society are partnering to ensure that the life of the Late Archbishop is remembered in a dignified manner, during the fourth coming St Janan Luwum day celebrations on 16th February 2017 in Mucwini, Kitgum District.
Dr Rugunda made these comments during a press conference to launch the Janan Luwum 40th commemoration at the office of the Prime minister in Kampala.
The Premier said the murder of Archbishop Janan Luwm galvanised international support to defeat the tyranny and dictatorship of Idi Amin’s regime.
“His death ignited a spark of fire that could not be resisted by Idi Amin, which eventually led to his overthrow two years later, after the murder,” the Premier said.
The Prime Minister also saluted His Excellency President Museveni, the Cabinet and Parliament for recognising the late Archbishop’s contribution to the country by declaring 16th February a public holiday.
The Premier appealed to all institutions in the country including the media to mobilise and take part in the Saint Janan Luwm day celebrations.
His Grace, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali in his speech delivered by Bishop Hannington Mutebi also thanked His Excellency President Museveni for declaring 16th February a public holiday to ensure that many people make a pilgrimage to Mucwini.
He also thanked the President for his pledge to improve infrastructure at the memorial site for St. Janan Luwum.
Commemoration events will commence on 5th February 2017 with a service at St Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe where Janan Luwum was supposed to be buried, to pray and share testimonies about the late Archbishop. The Prime Minister, Dr Rugunda will be the chief guest.
Justice Canon James Ogoola said the country celebrates the life and ministry of the Late Arch bishop Janan Luwum in a number of ways, including naming streets and churches after him.
President Yoweri Museveni is expected to be the chief guest at the main anniversary celebrations in Mucwini. The function will be graced by the Bishop of Bistro Diocese, England Mike Hill, who will be representing the Archbishop of Canterbury. His Grace the Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, will preside over the celebrations.
By Doreen Nasasira