Monday, 06 February 2017

The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has saluted Archbishop Janan Luwum for his courage to stand up against Idi Amin’s tyrannical regime.

The Premier said the martyrdom of the Archbishop forced a number of people into exile including himself since the radical regime did not discriminate while unleashing their tyranny.

Rugunda explained that the Archbishop’s martyrdom was the climax of Amin’s tyrannical regime as it united people from all over the world to join arms and fight against the reign.

PM Rugunda poses for a group photo with Bishops and other officials after the service at Namirembe on sunday.On PM’s (L)is Bishop Kityo Luwalira while (R)is Ambassador Otunu

The Prime Minister made these remarks during Archbishop Janan Luwum’s commemoration service to mark the 40th anniversary of his martyrdom at St Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe on Sunday.

“The Liberation of Uganda is at some point attributed to the galvanising nature of the murder of the Archbishop that forced Ugandans to unite and defeat a common enemy,” Dr Rugunda said.

The service marked the beginning of a series of events and activities which will be undertaken during the 40th anniversary commemoration of his martyrdom and will climax on 16th February, 2017 with a national day celebration at Mucwini in Kitgum district, where the His Excellency President Museveni is expected to be the guest of honour.

Rugunda called upon the youth to take up the responsibility of internalising the good values that Archbishop Luwum stood for because they are the future leaders and thus need these values to be imparted in them to build the nation.

He saluted the President for working cordially with the church, and also the government for recognising 16th February as a national day to remember the Archbishop’s values that he stood and died for.

PM Rugunda fields questions from the press after Archbishop Janan Luwum’s Commemoration service at St. Pauls Cathedral, Namirembe (Photo by PMPU)

The Premier urged the congregation to be a part of the 16th February celebrations in Mucwini, Kitgum District and also ensure that the good values that Janan Luwm lived for are publicised.

The Bishop of Namirembe Diocese, Rt.Rev Wiberforce Kityo Luwalira called upon the congregation to thank God for the martyrdom of the Archbishop explaining that it is a testimony, because God has continued to sustain the church despite his brutal martyrdom that was intended to silence it.

He also thanked the Prime Minister for his continued commitment and dedication to organising the Janan Luwum commemoration events.

The Preacher of the day, Rev. Dr Stephen Kazimba the Bishop of Mityana Diocese in his sermon urged the congregation to emulate the life of Archbishop Janan Luwum by being Born-again and standing firm in their faith without compromising it even amidst challenges.

He called upon the church and the government to continue working together cordially for the development of the country.

Ben Okello Luwum, son of the Late Archbishop Janan Luwum on behalf of the family expressed gratitude towards the church, government and Parliament for the support rendered to them in various ways including arranging and organising the commemoration events.

He also thanked the Government and parliament for declaring 16th February a public holiday.

Mr Okello called upon Ugandans to uphold the legacy of Archbishop Janan Luwm by expressing love and fighting for justice.

During the service, testimonies of the Archbishop’s life were shared and he was described as a person who had faith in God and boldly spoke out against injustice in a simple and dignified character.

The commemoration service was graced by a number of dignitaries including the former Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi, politicians and Bishops among others.

Archbishop Janan Luwum was murdered on 16th February1977, at Nakasero by the then President of Uganda, Idi Amin and his body was buried at Wii Gweng in Mucwini, Kitgum district.


By Doreen Nasasira