Martyrs Day: Police flies chopper as pilgrims arrive

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Museveni at Namugongo earlier in the week

Police has strengthened security around Namugongo area to secure pilgrims who are arriving in huge numbers to celebrate Uganda Martyrs Day today.

Police trucks were spotted in the middle of the road at Kyaliwajala making rounds security checks.

A police helicopter was also seen making security rounds in the sky to reinforce security personnel on the ground.

Earlier, a motorcade carrying VP Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi arrived for prayers.

Archbishop Stanley Ntangali and other Anglican Bishops have also already arrived at the venue to commence prayers.

Thousands of pilgrims have already congregated at the Nakiyanjja Namungongo shrine to celebrate the 22 Catholic and 23 Anglicans Martyrs who were killed some 128 years ago.

Police chopper hovering over Namugongo

The martyrs, who refused to reject their faith in Jesus Christ, were killed on the orders of Buganda king, Kabaka Mwanga in 1886.

At both the Roman Catholic and the Anglican Martyrs shrines, prayers will start at 9am and are expected to be graced by President Yoweri Museveni as the chief guest.

This year’s ceremony runs under the theme: “Stand firm in the faith that we have been taught”.

Meanwhile, Muslims also celebrated their martyrs at Masjidnoor Shuhada’u Muslim Martyrs Mosque at Namugongo on Thursday.

About 74 Muslim martyrs were killed at Namugongo, on account of their faith, between 1874 and 1876.