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The archbishop of Gulu archdiocese The Most Rev. John Baptist Odama has called on the authorities to make right decisions that favour humanity and lasting peace in Apaa where there are land wrangles between the Madi and the Acholi.

While briefing the press at Uganda Catholic Secretariat in Nsambya about the final preparations for the celebrations of Uganda Marty’s slated for 3rd June 2019 at Namugongo, Odama called on all Ugandans to pray to God through the intercession of the Holy Uganda Matryr’s for love, peace and unity to prevail in Apaa in particular and Uganda at large.

“In a special way I invite all of you to pray for the people of Apaa so that those in authority may make the right decision that favours humanity and lasting peace for all,” he said

The Uganda Episcopal Conference chose the diocese of Gulu to lead this year’s Uganda Marty’s day celebrations at Namugongo Catholic shrine.

As the great day draws nearer, Odama said preparations are still hampered financially with only, 40% of the Shs 900million budget available.

He therefore called on anyone with any contribution towards the celebrations to deposit it to centenary bank account number 3100059093 under the account name Archdiocese of Gulu Namugongo Marty’s celebrations.

Odama also applauded the Catholic Church’s ban of polythene (kaveera) in and around the premises of Namugongo Marty’s shrine and called on pilgrims to make Namugongo shrine kaveera free.

“The amount of kaveera dropped in and around Namugongo during Uganda Matryr’s celebrations is a great concern for us. We call upon pilgrims to make Namugongo shrine kaveera free. We encourage them to carry their items in paper bags or any other environmentally friendly bags,” he added.

The Uganda tourism board (UTB) deputy CEO Bradford Ocheng said they plan to increase the visibility of Uganda Marty’s as a way of attracting more pilgrims from around the world.

“As UTB we associate ourselves with church and we endeavour to render our support towards this important occasion” he added

On behalf of UTB, Ocheng handed over a contribution cheque of Shs 96million to archbishop Odama towards the celebrations.

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