INTRODUCTION: A memorial service for Dr. Janani Luwum, the Anglican Archbishop killed in Uganda in?
INTRODUCTION: A memorial service for Dr. Janani Luwum, the Anglican Archbishop killed in Uganda in February, was held in London, England on Wednesday (30 March). The congregation was told by a former Ugandan Archbishop, Dr. Leslie Brown, that Dr. Luwum knew he would die after signing a letter of protest to President Idi Amin.
SYNOPSIS: The service was held at Westminster Abbey, and was attended by high-ranking churchmen and representatives of all the main British political parties. Controversy still reigns over the cause of the Archbishop's death. The church says he was murdered, but President Amin said he died in a car accident after being arrested on charges of treason.
The letter which the Archbishop had signed was from Ugandan bishops asking President Amin to exert more control over his security forces. Later, Archbishop Luwum told a friend he knew what would happen to him, according to Dr. Brown.
Observers in Uganda say that the Christian church there has become the focus of resistance to President Amin's rule -- without openly choosing the role. About 80 per cent of the population are Christian, and despite large figures for converts to Islam claimed by President Amin, himself a Moslem, the churches there remain full.