President Museveni challenges Muslims to pay homage to Martyrs

President Museveni challenges Muslims to pay homage to Martyrs
President Museveni and the First Lady Janet Museveni pose for a picture with the Bishops who have led mass at the Martyrs Day 2018 celebrations at Namugongo

President Yoweri Museveni has challenged the Muslim Community to pay tribute to Muslims that were killed by Kabaka Mwanga II because of their faith.

Museveni made the call during his remarks at the Catholic Shrine where a service was held in the remembrance of 22 catholic converts killed by Kabaka Mwanga.

Museveni’s appeal came two days after Muslims held prayers for their martyr’s near the Anglican site. Only 50 Muslims, most of whom children, attended the prayers on Friday. During the prayers, organisers blamed government for the poor turn up; saying it has ignored the site of Muslim martyrs.

According to the Muslims, during his reign, President Idi Amin promised to develop the site, which hasn’t been done. Records from Uganda Muslim Supreme Council and several historians show that more Muslims converts were martyred before the forty-six celebrated Christian martyrs.

The Muslim martyrs are believed to have been killed by the chief executioner alias Mukajanga between 1874-1876 for criticising him for leading them in prayers yet he wasn’t circumcised. It is estimated that 500 Muslims could have been killed.

Museveni applauded the Anglican community for their huge turn up to pay tribute to the martyrs.

It is estimated that four million Anglican and Catholic Pilgrims from within and outside Uganda made their way to Namugongo to celebrate the lives of the martyrs.

24 Anglican martyrs are believed to have been killed on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga. President Museveni also thanked the Catholic Church for the good work done at the Catholic Shrine.

“Thank you for all the work that you have done to make this place look like this. For the people who thought Uganda could not do anything good for themselves, they should come here and see the work that you have done,” he said.

This year’s celebrations were marked under to different themes chosen by the Anglican and Catholic churches. The theme at the Anglican Church was picked from Revelations Chapter 2 Verse 10: “…Be faithful even to the point of death and I will give you the Crown of life.”

The Catholic Church derived their theme from 1 John Chapter 1 Verse 5; “Let us walk in the light as a family.”