UGANDA COMMEMORATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARCHBISHOP LUWUMU.
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The retired bishop of Rochester Diocese in the United Kingdom Michael James Nazir-Ali has challenged Ugandans especially Christians to become modern-day missionaries through resisting actions, thoughts and deeds that promote impunity.
While speaking to the thousands of Christians who thronged Mucwini Sub-County for the 40th anniversary celebrations of the late Archbishop Janani Luwum, Bishop Nazir-Ali said Just like Archbishop Luwum, no Christians and the Church of Uganda should support any forms of impunity.
Presenting the massage of the Archbishop of Canterbury the Rt. Rev. Justine Welby who turned down the invite as the guest of honor to this day’s celebrations, Welby emphasized the Christians' need to live a life befitting before God and present all the sufferings of the people in Northern Uganda at the hands of the rebels as offerings for a renewed life of hope.
He challenged the Church in Uganda to be a model of new era of missionaries emulating Archbishop Luwumu who was killed on February 16, 1977, amid accusations that he was in contact with Forces that were planning to overthrow the of the Idi Amin regime
Bishop Nazir-Ali was among the 26 bishops who tuned up at Mucwini to mark the 40th anniversary of Luwum's death today a day the government of Uganda has declared a public holiday. However elsewhere in the country little attention was given to the day even in the very Anglican churches.
The then Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire, was murdered on February 16, 1977 in Kampala on the orders of President Idi Amin Dada, after he was suspected of plotting to overthrow the government. He was hurriedly buried at his ancestral home in Wii Gweng Village, in Mucwini Sub County in Kitgum district. Killed together with the Archbishop were two government ministers, Charles Oboth Ofumbi for Internal Affairs and Lt. Col. Erinayo Oryema for Culture.
Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of the Church of Uganda led prayers while the Vice President Edward Sekandi, Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah and Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda represented the central government.