Due to the Covid-19 infection surge, the commemoration of the crowd-pulling Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations will be low-key this year.
The event that has always attracted hundreds of thousands of pilgrims on foot, from within and outside Uganda to flock to the Namugongo for over the years, has this year, been limited to just a specific number of people.
Just like June 3 last year, the Church of Uganda will host a scientific observance of Martyrs Day at the Anglican Shrine, Namugongo this very year.
They will host 200 people for celebrations with President Museveni as the chief guest of the day.
Mr Ben Tenywa, the chief pilgrims guide at the Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine, said they expect 250 people to grace the event due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He also said they are not allowing any pilgrims apart from a few faithful who are coming for daily prayers.
Masaka Catholic Diocese will be in charge of this year’s event.