By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday pledged Shs.500 million towards All Saints’ New Cathedral construction project. The Cathedral is seat of the Anglican Diocese of Kampala.
The President, who joined Christians at the Cathedral in a fundraising service, also visited the new Cathedral construction site and gave Shs.50million in cash. He congratulated the Christians for having considered the expansion of the existing Cathedral structure. Parliamentary Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga and Minister for Kampala City Authority, Hon. Beti Kamya, among other dignitaries, attended the function.
“I congratulate you for being convicted to build a bigger house for the Lord. The church is unique and nearing completion,” he observed.
The President urged educated Christians to think of ways of developing the country and asked them to teach poor Christians how to work. He added that by doing this, they would be following the example of Christ who was a carpenter, fed the hungry, preached the Word and healed the sick.
“To build this church, it would be easy if all the Christians were following what Jesus did. If all Christians worked, this place would be built. You Christians must wake up those who are sleeping. Every learned Christian must carry out commercial agriculture, or be in services, embrace ICT and utilize infrastructure. Ask yourself, how are you, as a Christian contributing to any of the four?” he asked.
The President was happy to note that it was the Revival Movement that had instilled discipline in people in his home area of Ankole. He advised Christians to refrain from the ‘escapist' attitude of saying that they are mere visitors on earth and so everything on earth was dust. He reiterated that this encourages them to run away from their responsibilities of working and developing the country.
He further said that Christians must love without selfishness and refrain from doing evil as the commandment was given to them by Jesus.
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love your self,” he said.
Church of Uganda Archbishop, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali thanked the President for his support, partnership and friendship to the Church of Uganda. He expressed gratitude for the President’s previous contribution of Shs.50million towards phase 1 of the Cathedral’s building project.
“I particularly welcome His Excellency who is our parishioner and a neighbor to the Cathedral. Thank you for visiting the new site. The church is grateful for your continued support towards the people of Uganda,” he said.
He explained that the church had embarked on a new building project because they had a challenge of space constraints that could not accommodate the ever growing church members. He added that new church would be able to seat 5000 people per service, have adequate space for offices and considerable public space.
He revealed that they hope to relocate to the new church building by Christmas this year. He informed the congregation that the new building would be the Metropolitan Church for the whole of Kampala Diocese.