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Museveni Pays Tribute to ‘Fearless, Courageous’ Nyerere

President Yoweri Museveni has praised former Tanzanian president Mwalimu Julius Nyerere for her efforts to bring justice to society.

Speaking to pilgrims during the Nyerere Day at the Catholic Martyrs Shrine at Namugongo, web Museveni said the former Tanzanian leader dareddo what others had feared during colonialism.

“At that time Africa was very weak but in 1963, ed together with other countries, remedy they formed OAU,” Museveni said of the former Tanzanian president.

“He was as courageous as the Uganda Martyrs because many other leaders never joined the formation of OAU like he did.”

President Museveni welcomes Maria Nyerere at Namugongo on Wednesday.

President Museveni welcomes Maria Nyerere at Namugongo on Wednesday.

The president said that just like the martyrs, Nyerere fearlessly fought for justice, saying that it was right to be recognized by the Catholic Church for her great contribution.

“I am pleased he was declared a Servant of God,” Museveni noted.

In 2009, June,1 was declared Nyerere Day during a mass celebrated at Namugongo and is celebrated every year in preparation to the Uganda Martyrs day that takes place on June 3.

President Museveni waves to pilgrims

President Museveni waves to pilgrims

The former Tanzanian president is set to be canonized by the Catholic Church.

Canonization is the act by which a Catholic church or group declares a deceased person to be a saint and is included in the canon, or list of recognized saints.

Speaking of June 3 , Museveni said the day can  equated to the East African Summit because it draws pilgrims from the entire region who converge together.

“As we have the summit for the VIPs like ministers and presidents, Uganda Martyrs day is the summit of East Africa for ordinary people. ”

He also applauded the Catholic Church for working together with their colleagues from Tanzania so as to commemorate former president Nyerere’s contribution.

Museveni addressing the pilgrims

Museveni addressing the pilgrims

Kampala Archdiocese Archbishop, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga urged Christians to use  the martyrs day celebrations to rejoice in faith and also renew themselves to become better people.

The Julius Nyerere day celebrations were also attended by Maria  Nyerere, widow to the deceased former Tanzanian president.

The Uganda martyrs are celebrated on June 3 every year in commemoration  of a group of 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts to Christianity who were killed on the orders of  the then Kabaka of Buganda, Mwanga II .

They were executed between 1885 to 1887  at Namugongo.

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