By Catherine Apolot

President Yoweri Museveni on Monday commended the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga for successfully organizing the Hannington Day Celebrations.

The President was the guest of honour at the celebrations aimed at commemorating Bishop James Hannigton’s martyrdom over 138 years ago.

The ceremony took place at Kyando-Bunya in Mayuge district, Busoga Sub-Region in Eastern Uganda. Bishop Hannington was a missionary from England who died aged 38 in Busoga. At the time of his death, he was first Bishop of East Africa.

President Museveni said though Bishop Hannington was killed in ignorance, his death has helped the people to get enlightened. He welcomed the idea of making the day a public holiday.

Museveni also tasked the Speaker to identify more potential tourists’ sites in order to develop the tourism sector that is more lucrative.

“Tourism that is only taking off, fetches to government coffers a lot of money 3 times more than coffee,” he said.

He added that even people in the area will benefit from the sector indirectly through provision of various services like hotels, transport, ICT and small industries. He, therefore, said that those who engage in commercial farming will gain by selling their produce to tourists and locals as well as regionally and internationally.