Almost 134 years ago, kingdoms in the East African part of this continent were under a fast growing attack by western religion and people embraced it differently.
For Buganda kingdom that later became part of present day Uganda, subjects were increasingly converting to Christianity under the Christian Missionary society evangelism and others switching to Islam. The kingdom was not happy about this foreign invasion.
Between 31 January 1885 and 27 January 1887 on orders of Mwanga II, the Kabaka of Buganda, a group of 23 Anglican and 22 Catholic converts to Christianity were executed.
The king ordered the new converts to either renounce their faith and obey him or lose their lives.
They died for their faith in God and have since become what we define as The Uganda Martyrs.
In honour of these Martyrs, pilgrims make long walks from neighbouring countries to where the CMS missions extended including Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, DRCongo and South Sudan all the way to Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine, Namugongo for prayers.
The Uganda Martyrs are honoured annually at the beginning of June. It is the day several Christians across the world dedicate to prayer and consolidate their faith in God just like these Matyrs died for.
“Any none who wants to save his life will lose it and anyone who loses his life for my sake will save it” Luke 9:24.