Kyebando Parish was on fire from 12th to 14th October 2018, on the occasion of St Matia Mulumba. The Christians from around the diocese and from other places started arriving to attend the St Matia Mulumba pilgrimage day at Kyebando parish grounds, birth place of the saint.
St Matia Mulumba Kalemba's Statue that has gone round the diocese for the last 2 years now back to the home of Matia Mulumba Kalemba
Kyebando parish is situated in Bunha, in Mayuge in Eastern Uganda. The village is in Imanhiro sub-county, in Bunha county in Busoga.
Matia Mulumba Kalemba:
His father was Nandigobe. He was born in 1836, and was kidnapped from his Father’s at Kyebando and came as a slave to Buganda. He worked under different chiefs first in Bulemezi county and later in Mityana where he became a deputy chief of Ssingo. He was known for straight-forwardness and honesty. Due to which was given a special post Kirumba from which came the name Mulumba who had four  wives.
He was light in coloring and fairly large stature. He was immensely strong, quite fireless and endowed with a powerful voice and joyous disposition and a passionate love for the truth. Due to the fact that the Moslem faith came earlier in 1852 brought by the Arabs, he professed Islamic faith first. On 30th June 1877, he was attracted to the Christian Missionaries and began attending instructions. Before he made up his mind to ask for Baptism, the catholic Missionaries arrived in Buganda on 17th February 1879.
This year thousands flocked for pilgrimage to Kyebando from different faiths including Muslims, Christians of different denominations, non-believers of some none recognized faiths and people of all walks of life for prayers and others for business in case of those who took advantage of the mammoth crowd to sell all that they had ranging from food to religious articles and clothes and many other elements that could be marketed.
There was preaching by different preachers including Fr. Paul Musana who led that of the night 13th to 14th October the D-day.
There was a challenge of rain as usual but we were spared by the intercession of St Matthias Mulumba and it only poured at 5 am. May God be praised.
On the D-day the Christians flocking in their thousands as usual appeared enthusiastic for the pilgrimage. With all the wet of the ground, the pilgrimage went on as smooth as God wanted that day and by 12 pm the liturgical function was complete. That ended in speeches and several announcements that included the launch of the construction the new ch
urch building that would cost more than one Billion Ugandan shillings and to be footed by the Christians of the diocese and anyone who would volunteer to assist the progress of the catholic faith in this arrangement. The estimates were made by Engineers courtesy of the Parish priest of Kyebando parish. On top of this, the bishop appealed to people to support the increase of numbers in the minor seminaries that were soon conducting interviews both in Jinja and Iganga minor seminaries. UMMS 30th November 2018 there will be interviews for S.5 and St. Gonzaga Gonza Minor Seminary Iganga for S.1.
Uganda tourism board sponsored the tents and Busoga Development agency too supported the occasion.
On the occasion, the bishop resounded the efforts being done about the new Namirali parish and presented some of the possible activities and features that were to be done on the ground: for instance; the Cross that would be corresponding to the statue of Our Mother Mary and below would be the fourteen stations of the cross under-looking the big cross as a possible reflection center at Namirali. The construction is already in the hands of the Engineers. He appealed for further support in materials and financials on this cause.
Fr Waiswa Joseph Balikudembe Katerimire
The dean of Iganga deanery also thanked the deanery parishes like Iganga on pro cultu and offertory and then Buluba for the decorations, Buswale on the Tents for the efforts with the support of the Uganda tourism board and Busoga development agency, Busowa and Buluguyi on feeding the priests and religious, Kyebando on the security and public address system and clearance of the place.
Different chairpersons like from Iganga parish represented by the secretary parish council due to the loss of the brother of the chairperson of the Laity and Iganga parish council: Mr. Kaggwa Joseph, the chairpersons of Nankoma, Kamuli, Kyebando and other members.