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Museveni commits Shs1 billion for Martyrs Day celebrations and the repair of the Fort-Portal Cathedral.

President Yoweri Museveni has pledged to pay Shs1 billion to the Fort Portal Diocese for the reconstruction of Virika Cathedral and preparations for the Martyr’s Day celebrations on June 3 at namugongo.

Museveni made the commitment at his rural house in Rwakitura on Wednesday while receiving a delegation of renowned members of the Fort Portal Catholic Diocese.

Leaders from Kabarole, led by Tourism Minister Col. Tom Butime, Bishop of Fort Portal Diocese Rt Rev Robert Muhiirwa, and Agriculture Minister Frank Tumwebaze, attended the meeting.

“At my rural home in Rwakitura, I met a delegation of eminent members of the Fort Portal Catholic Diocese. They informed me on their preparations as the animating team for the June 3 Martyrs’ Day Celebrations, and we also discussed developmental and vocational programs.” After the meeting, Museveni stated.

Frank Tumwebaze, who has been spearheading the mobilization effort as the diocese seeks Shs1 billion to lead the Uganda Martyrs commemoration, affirmed Museveni’s vow.

“Thank you, Excellency, for allowing us the chance to meet and discuss matters concerning the Diocese of Fortportal and Toro growth in general with you. And thank you once more, Sir, for your contribution of Shs 1b to the Virika Cathedral renovation and preparations for the Namugongo Martyr’s Day celebration.” Tumwebaze remarked.

Museveni’s announcement comes about a month after the Fort Portal Diocese launched a fundraising effort to raise the Shs1 billion it says it needs to lead this year’s Uganda Martyrs commemorations.

The Shs1 billion budgeted for liturgy, finance, protocol and security, catering, transportation, building, and decoration, according to Bishop Robert Muhiirwa of the Fort Portal Diocese.

The celebrations this year will be the second that the Diocese of Fort Portal has organized since 1997.

“Baptized and sent to proclaim Christ with love and hope MT. 28:19, ROM. 8:35,” will be the subject of the celebrations. This is mirrored in the manner in which the martyrs died; they were men of faith who had been baptized with water, but some had not yet been baptized (baptism of blood).

 

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