Pictorial: Millions Mark Martyrs Day at Namugongo

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Millions  of pilgrims today converged at both the Catholic and Anglican shrines in Namugongo to celebrate the lives of 46 martyrs killed.
With an estimate of four million people visiting the site this year, roads around both shrines were blocked to traffic.  Pilgrims from all walks of life walkes through half-closed roads heavily guarded by security operatives to the places of worship.
Every June 3, the faithfuls, take part in a pilgrimage in memory of the 22 catholic and 24 Anglican converts who were killed between May and June 1886 on the orders of Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda Kingdom. In October 1964, Pope Paul VI canonized the Uganda Martyrs.
Uganda Radio Network-URN brings you pictures from the Martyrs day celebration from Namugongo.


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About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.