His Grace Stanley Ntagali who is the current Archbishop of the Church of the province of Uganda on 15th September commissioned the Development committee aimed at organizing the Anglican site as a one stop site for the international Uganda safari undertakers to explore the rich religious and diverse Ugandan cultural values.
The Church of Uganda which previously ran under the umbrella of the
Church Mission Society and the Native Anglican church is noted to have
initiated the development of education, the health sector along with
provision of social services some of which can be explored on safaris in Uganda.
However, the church was slow to adopt the wealth creation initiatives
that would generate wealth for the church and in turn be utilized to
spread the gospel.
The 19th Century protestant history in Europe
featured the Protestant work ethic that was characterized by frugality
and hard work attributed to the personal salvation which resulted into
the advancement of United States of America and Europe economically. The
members of the Anglican Church in Uganda in the early 1930s when the
East African Revival Movement was booming took up this Protestant work
ethic and transformed socially, economically and intellectually. Despite
the individual transformation, the institution of the church itself was
reluctant to take up economic ventures which were greatly viewed at
that time as worldly.
As time went on, the significant of economic
power to ensure that that institution continues to thrive smoothly and
execute the gospel spread effectively could not be avoided. The Retired
Archbishop of Uganda Nkoyooyo generated the idea in 2013 that would see
the Anglican Martyrs shrine developed for religious and tourism purposes
among which include attracting believers world over to take safaris in Uganda to visit the site which in turn would generate revenue.
The Church of Uganda embarked on the mobilization and fundraising in
all dioceses and as of now the Museum is at roofing stage and besides
the museum building, a guesthouse of 100 rooms which will provide an
overnight stay for the Uganda tour undertakers from both within and abroad.
Anglican site shelters the remains of the 13 Protestant Martyrs and the
12 catholic martyrs who were buried below the Church of Uganda Martyrs
Memorial Chapel Alter. The Pope Francis is anticipated to visit the site
briefly on the 28th November 2015.
This Anglican chapel is located
on the 48-acre land which was donated by the notable Teffero Kisosonkole
himself being a survivor of the wrath of Kabaka Mwanga. The main site
also houses the home of the command post of Mukajjanga the infamous
Chief Executioner who oversaw the Martyrs execution. The torture tree
named Ndazabazadde translated as the Women’s fate that deliver to only
lose their offspring where the Martyrs were tied and tortured along with
the spring well where the executioners would undertake the ritual
cleanse and clean their instruments after killing are also found at the
site. These features form great products that are worth exploring on Uganda safaris.
The development of the Church of Uganda Martyrs Museum is not only
affirming the inspiration of faith and being the Christ’s witnesses
among the Anglican believers but also is a good revenue generator that
would effectively tap into the growing trend of faith based tourism.