The Catholic Church in Uganda will on June 1st 2010 declare the former President of Tanzanian, late Julius Kambarage Nyerere a saint.
This is part of the celebrations to mark this year’s Uganda Martyrs’ Day to be marked in Namugongo, Kampala.
Maria Gabriel Magige, Nyerere’s widow will represent her former husband at the function.
President Museveni has been behind the campaign to name Nyerere a saint
The Pope (Rome) accepted to name Nyerere a Saint. The request to name him a saint was first initiated by Bishop Musoma of Northern Tanzania Diocese and backed by President Museveni. Late Nyerere is going to be the first former politician in East Africa to be named a Saint.
The theme for this year’s martyrs Day celebrations is “I am with you always, yes to the end of the time.” The theme has been derived from Mathew 28:20.