Namugongo Martyrs Shrine is by no means an ordinary Uganda safari destination. It is re-known as an execution ground of Uganda Christian converts who lost their lives at the hands of Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda. After their canonization as saints by the pope in 1966, the shrine has since a great religious significance that on every 3rd June, a large pull of Christians from across the world approach the site for pilgrimage which at times increases safaris to Uganda.
Unfortunately, the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine has lagged behind its tourism potential for the facilities at the site and the products themselves are not developed to tap the opportunity from the visiting pilgrims. This has made the site to generate less from those who visit while on safari in Uganda.
Happily to mention is that the efforts to uplift the site have been kicked off with government partnering with the church to achieve this. The Uganda’s Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi is the lead in this move and the mobilization for UGX 36billion was kicked off by the President Museveni at the Kampala Serena Hotel. This comes at a time when the country is expecting to host Pope Francis in celebration of 50 years since the massacred converts were declared saints in 1966. This celebration is estimated to attract many pilgrims to undertake safari to Uganda.
The efforts are directed at increasing facilities at the site and develop products that can always be encountered on Uganda safaris.
Prime Uganda safaris & Tours Ltd safari News.
By Siima Simon Peter