President Yoweri Museveni has assured the people of Busoga of the government’s commitment towards developing the Bishop James Hannington’s site in Mayuge District.
Museveni revealed the idea at the commemoration event for Bishop Hannington in Mayuge on Saturday.
He proposed that the government should begin with a museum to act as an information Centre, and then a magnificent church, and other developments later.
“We will develop this site systematically,” President Museveni said.
He asked the administration at the Bishop Hannington site to develop a master plan for the site and said the government would develop it to match the standards of several other projects, such as the Martyrs Museum, Namugongo.
The President advised the people of Busoga to desist from solely depending on sugarcane growing as they fight poverty.
“I have always disagreed with small land owners who grow sugar cane on all their land. You should think about using the small land available for growing food crops, fruits, coffee, dairy cattle rearing, poultry, hatchery, piggery, and palm oil,” he advised.
In his speech, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Rev Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, asked the president to consider gazetting Bishop Hannington Day as a public holiday.
“The blood that was shed for Bishop Hannington and other martyrs is the seed of faith in Uganda and all over the world,” Archbishop Kaziimba Mugalu said.
“We have been requesting the government for a very long time to gazette October 29th as a national holiday, but we keep getting frustrated,” Kaziimba added.
The President committed to follow up on the matter of gazetting Bishop James Hannington’s day during a Cabinet sitting on Monday.