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By Joel Mugabi

MTN Uganda has extended support worth Shs25m to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal to facilitate this year’s Martyrs’ Day Celebrations at the Namugongo Catholic Shrine in Central Uganda next month.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal is set to lead this year’s Martyrs’ Day celebrations which will be held on June 03. The commemoration will be held under the theme: ‘Baptized and Sent to Witness Christ with Love and Hope.’

Joseph Bogera, MTN Uganda’s General Manager for Sales and Distribution, handed over the Shs25m cheque to the Fort Portal Catholic Diocese, on behalf of the MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Wim Vanhelleputte.

Noting that the financial support is hinged on a long-standing relationship between MTN and the Catholic fraternity, which has seen MTN extend support to its initiatives over the past years, Bogera congratulated the Fort Portal Diocese on all the preparations it had embarked on as it gears up to lead this year’s celebration of the Martyrs. The MTN General Manager for Sales and Distribution also wished the diocese blessed deliberations.

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Bogera later joined the Bishop of Fort Portal Diocese, Rt Rev Robert Muhirwa in flagging off over 2,000 foot-pilgrims from Fort Portal to Namugongo in Wakiso District to commemorate the Uganda Martyrs Day, alongside other Catholic faithful from far and wide.

Relatedly, last week, MTN Uganda handed over Shs10m to help Catholic Archbishop Paul Ssemwogerere as he prepares for his maiden Martyrs’ Day celebrations in the capacity of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala. Ssemwogerere was appointed to this position by Pope Francis on December 09, 2021. He was installed as Archbishop of Kampala on January 25, 2022.

MTN will also sponsor the broadcasting of activities leading up to Martyrs’ Day celebrations, as well as the proceedings of the actual day on local TV stations in a bid to enable the people who might not be able to convene at the Namugongo Catholic Shrine to remotely keep up with the celebrations. (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 0200900416 or email us at






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