Christians converging at the Anglican shrine in Namugongo have been asked to carry forward the legacy of martyrs.

Delivering the day’s sermon, guest preacher, Bishop Nathan Gasatura of Butare in Rwanda, urged Christians to stop the ongoing tribalism in Uganda but rather lift the legacy of the Uganda Martyrs.

“The demon of tribalism must go to hell. The blood of martyrs should bring us together but not divide us. It is a priceless legacy to this nation,” said Bishop Gasatura.

He asked Christians to always meditate on the death of martyrs to help them stand up for the right.

“Stop fighting for land, property. Uganda you have a blessing to many dying nations and this is because of this heroic blood of martyrs,” he added.

Bishop Gasatura also noted that the rampant corruption in the country is a sign that Christians have not carried the legacy of martyrs. The Bishop said that even leaders are currently finding it difficult to stop the vice saying that this can only be blamed on Christians but not leaders.

Bishop Gasatura cites three reasons why martyrs are of great importance to Uganda. He says that they are a foundation of the church in the country, brought about the preaching of the gospel in the country and its neighbours as well as a new sense of unity in Uganda and the world.

Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira of Namirembe Diocese told Christians not to come to Namugongo for a cultural show but for Christian witnessing. “This is a time to renew your faith and repent because martyrs don’t die in vain,” said Bishop Luwalira.