Uganda: Museveni pledges 1 billion shillings for Martyrs’ Day celebrations and renovation of Fort Portal Cathedral

President Yoweri Museveni has promised to donate 1 billion shillings to the Fort Portal Diocese for the renovation of Virika Cathedral and preparations for the celebration of Martyrs’ Day on June 3 in Namugongo.

Museveni made the pledge on Wednesday during a meeting with a delegation of senior members of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal at his country home in Rwakitura.

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The meeting was attended by Kabarole leaders led by the Minister of Tourism, Colonel Tom Butime, the Bishop of Fort Portal Diocese, Rt Rev Robert Muhiirwa and the Minister of Agriculture, Frank Tumwebaze.

“I met a delegation of prominent members of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal at my country house in Rwakitura. and we also discussed development and vocation projects.” Museveni said after the meeting.

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Museveni’s commitment was confirmed by Frank Tumwebaze who spearheaded the mobilization exercise as the Diocese seeks Shs1bn to lead the Uganda Martyrs celebrations.

“Thank you Excellency for giving us the opportunity to meet you and share with you the problems of the Diocese of Fortportal and the development of Toro in general. And thank you again Sir for your support to shs 1b for the renovation of the Cathedral of Virika and preparations for the celebration of martyrs day in namugongo,” says Tumwebaze.

Museveni’s pledge comes nearly a month after the Diocese of Fort Portal launched a fundraising campaign to raise around 1 billion shillings which it said was needed to lead Uganda martyrs celebrations this year. .

According to Fort Portal Diocese Bishop Robert Muhiirwa, the budgeted Shs1bn will cover a range of activities including liturgy, finance, protocol and security, catering, transportation, construction and decoration.

This year’s celebrations will be the second that the Diocese of Fort Portal has hosted since 1997.

The celebrations will be guided by the theme, “Baptized and sent to witness to Christ with love and hope MT. 28:19, ROM. 8:35.” which is reflected in the way the martyrs died; they were men of faith baptized with water, but some were not yet baptized (baptism of blood).

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