Pilgrims from Kenya have honoured John Kibe, a Kenyan pilgrim who died in a car accident at Buwolo village in Mabira forest, Buikwe district 20 years ago.
Kibe was knocked dead by a speeding vehicle on May 31, 1998 at Lwankima along the Jinja-Kampala highway on his way to Namugongo to celebrate Marytrs’ Day.
Annually, Kenyan Pilgrims hold special prayers in memory of Kibe as they walk to Namugongo shrines to celebrate the Martyr’s day.
Paul Gasheru the team leader of the more than 700 Kenyan pilgrims says that it is Kibe, who introduced Kenyans to always walk to Namugongo shrines which they embraced even after his death.
Father Patrick Murunga Abba from the Diocese of Kakamega/Nyahururu, who presided over the mass in Mabira Forest, near the spot where he was killed and buried, said that the remembering Kibe strengthens their faith and most especially to youths who get inspired.
After the mass, the pilgrims proceeded with the journey to Namugongo. They will a night at the Mukono parish then on Friday morning trek to Namugongo for Sunday’s celebrations.