By Watchdog reporter
Government of Uganda has declared tomorrow Thursday 16 February, 2017 a public holiday.
In an announcement passed by the ministry of Public Service, the general public is informed that Thursday 16, February, 2017 will be a public holiday in recognition of Archbishop Janani Luwum Memorial.
Janani Luwum (c. 1922 – 17 February 1977) was the archbishop of the Church of Uganda from 1974 to 1977 and one of the most influential leaders of the modern church in Africa. He was arrested in February 1977 and died shortly after. Although the official account describes a car crash, it is generally accepted that he was murdered on the orders of then-President Idi Amin.
He is recognised as a martyr by the Church of England and the Anglican Communion and his death is commemorated on 17 February as a Lesser Festival. His statue is among the Twentieth Century Martyrs on the front of Westminster Abbey in London.