News by Kasese news team; E-Society Kasese
Vice president of Uganda Mr. Edward Sekandi has underscored the role played by church in the development of the country.
Mr. Sekandi said this today, while launching the construction of the three point eight billion shillings Cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Kasese.
The Vice president highlighted the construction of hospitals, schools and other development programs run by Caritas as major contributions of the Catholic Church in the nation building.
He asked all the people of Kasese to support the clergy materially to construct the church which he said would be a great boast to development.
Mr. Sekandi who contributed seven million shillings towards the construction of the church performed the ground breaking function to launch the construction of the Cathedral.
In October 2010, President Yoweri Museveni launched the fundraising exercise for the construction of the cathedral with a donation of ninety million shillings.
The Bishop of the Diocese of Kasese Rt. Rev. Egidio Nkaijanabo said that so far over three hundred million shillings had been kick start the construction work whose tender has been awarded to Nail and Wood Industries limited, a locally based construction firm.
About fifty two million shillings were raised today thirty point two million cash.
Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, the minister of Defense asked the political leaders to extend a long term commitment to the building of the church and committed himself to a monthly two hundred thousand shillings for a year towards the project.
Dr. Kiyonga also challenged leaders to always be conscious of their anger whenever they make decisions adding that such can lead to several mistakes.
The Kasese District Chairman Lt.Col.Mawa Muhindo cherished a strong relationship between the church and the government in fighting poverty by supporting all the programs like Prosperity for all which target people from all walks of life.
The function was attended by the Arch Bishop of Mbarara Paul Bachenga, the bishop of Fort Portal Diocese Robert Muhirwa and the Member of Parliament for Kasese Municipality Mr. James Mbahimba, the acting Prime minister of the Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu Rt. Hon. Loice Biira Bwambale among other dignitaries.