The 40th Anniversary of Archbishop Luwum’s Murder

The 40th Anniversary of Archbishop Luwum’s Murder

Information based on a Press Statement from the Church of Uganda


On 16th February, 2017 the 40th Anniversary of Archbishop Janani Luwum’s martyrdom was to be celebrated at Mucwini in Kitgum District where his body was hurriedly buried by former President Idi Amin’s soldiers.


The Church of Uganda appreciates the declaration of 16th February as a Public Holiday to enable Ugandans and the whole world to make a pilgrimage to Mucwini for celebrations.  It also appreciates the pledge made by the President to improve the infrastructure at the burial site of Janani Luwum at Mucwini. This will aid spiritual, socio-economic growth and transformation in the Acholi sub-region.


At a preliminary event on Sunday 5th February 2017, there was to be a special service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe. Starting at 8.00am people were invited to walk to the Cathedral from 5 different centres in Kampala. People were also expected to walk from elsewhere in Kampala. The purpose of this Kampala event was both to create public awareness about the martyrdom of Archbishop Janani Luwum in preparation for the main event on 16th February 2017 and also to enable those unable to make it to Mucwini to celebrate it in Kampala.


On 16th February 2017 in Mucwini the President of the Republic of Uganda was to be in attendance and the Preacher was to be the Bishop of Bristol, representing the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Archbishop of Gulu Catholic Archdiocese was to lead the intercessions.


The Church of Uganda was praying with hope that the 40th Anniversary commemoration celebrations would be very special. Indeed, “The Blood of the Martyrs became the Seed of the Church”. To God be the glory forever and ever. Amen!