By Ben Musanje
Government has revealed that they are committed to setting aside the month of May every year to boost activities in remembrance of the Uganda martyrs.
Addressing a joint press conference with religious leaders in Kampala the head of Martyrs day celebration, the State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi says they intend to provide a reception that allows foreign pilgrims from all over the world to not only come on 3rd June, but to arrive a month before and visit the birth places of different Uganda martyrs.
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), it is estimated that approximately 330 million tourists visit the world’s key religious sites every year and spend about US$18 billion.
However, Kiwanda says they also have plans to promote holy sites for visits after 3rd June, so that faith-based tourists can visit Uganda throughout the year.
Meanwhile, this year’s Uganda Martyrs’’ day celebrations hosts at the Uganda Catholic Shrine Namugongo, Hoima Diocese, the Chairman Publicity Committee Fr. Jude Ssemambo says they have remained with only 30% of the required UGX 570 million for the preparation of the celebration.