Tapping Into Martyrs’ Day To Promote Tourism

Christians pray at St Kizito's Shine at Namugongo on Tuesday

The UMSC Deputy Director of Sharia Sheikh Abdul Hayyi Mukiibi is currently in Turkey for a left hip replacement.

Sheikh Mukiibi departed yesterday night – 1st June 2015 aboard Turkish Airlines for Istanbul, site after His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje identified a donor to fund his travel and operation costs in Turkey.

He will be operated on in Medicina Hospital in Istanbul and SENA Foundation will cover all the costs which amount to UGX 52 Million or $20, page 000.

Speaking shortly before departure, pills Shk. Mukiibi thanked H.E Mufti of Uganda for his relentless efforts to help him get proper medical attention. He asked all Muslims to pray for him so that after the operation, he can walk without support.

“The operation will be done in three days’ time and according to Mr. Hussein Belet, the Director of SENA Foundation, Shk. Mukiibi will walk again, God willing,” said UNMSC Spokesperson Hajj Nsereko Mutumba.
Hours to this year’s Martyrs day celebrations, sildenafil Namugongo is already filled up with tens of thousands of people to celebrate the annual event.

Much as Martyrs’ Day is a typical religious commemoration, more about there has been a persistent debate on how the day that gathers the biggest number of people in Uganda and foreign countries can be fully exploited to boost tourism.

In August 2014, sickness President Museveni launched a drive to construct the Namugongo Shrine Tourism Center and contributed Shs400m to the initiative.

At this year’s celebrations, a Pilgrims’ Desk has been set up with a purpose of registering all pilgrims from outside Uganda.

The desk is also meant to register and guide pilgrims with interest in visiting the various holy sites around Kampala.

Henry Sensonga, who is in charge of this task, told Chimpreports that these holy sites are situated in places where different martyrs were killed.

Eric Ntalo from the Association of Uganda Tour Operators said that Uganda Tourism Board has partnered with other tour agents and are exhibiting at this year’s Martyrs day.

This is aimed at promoting Uganda as a tourism destination and advising visitors to stop over at other interesting destinations in Uganda.

Ntalo added that in addition to wildlife and cultural diversity, Uganda needs to also tap into faith based tourism.

The ‘martyrs’ trail’ is an initiative aimed at attracting foreign and domestic tourists to walk the same journey that the martyrs took right from their capture to their deaths.

“I encourage Ugandans to take this journey because it is an enriching experience” Ntalo said.

The trail starts from Kigungu landing site where the first missionaries introduced Christianity in 1887.

It proceeds to Kisubi Mapeera where Fr. Loudel Mapeera’s team made their first camp. It’s believed that at this site, they forgot a tree seed that sprouted into a big tree that still stands today.

It continues to Munyonyo where martyrs Denis Sebugwawo, Andrew Kaggwa and Pontian Ngondwe were killed.

It then heads to Kampala in St. Balikudembe market, Kisenyi, Old Kampala, Rubaga, Busega, Naalya and then Namugongo.

With all these initiatives, it’s no doubt Uganda is making steady progress in exploiting Martyrs’ Day to boost tourism which still remains Uganda’s biggest foreign exchange earner.


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