By Juliet Lukwago
Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has hailed the Church for its programmes that enhance spiritual and bodily development.
Ssekandi also expressed gratitude for the Church for its relentless work towards ensuring social welfare and beautiful environment for the ordinary person by starting all the necessary facilities; remarking that a large percentage of the schools in the country are church-founded.
Ssekandi was speaking as chief guest on Sunday at the official inauguration of St Mary’s Centenary Catholic Church, Kireka parish near Bweyogerere in Kampala.
The parish was formally a sub-parish of Our Lady of Africa Parish, Bweyogerere.
“At least 80% of the schools in Uganda were started by the Church and only a handful of them that included Kololo SS, Kittante, Old Kampala and Makerere College School were by the state. The Government used to come in to assist with grants for their day-to-day running of these institutions,” Ssekandi told a large congregation.
He said that with the opening of many more parishes in the country the Church was expanding its invaluable services, which also meant that many people, especially the ordinary person in the surrounding areas were likely to reap tangible results.
Ssekandi, a staunch Catholic, urged the Christians to pay their tithe obligations to the church, reminding them that they reap numerous benefits when they fulfill what is required of them.
But, he blamed some Christians who pay the insignificant amount from their large earnings; again reminding them that that does not appease God who is the giver of what they pride in.
He further urged the Christians to start developmental projects in their parishes to improve their status hailed the Comboni Missionaries who started and maintained the church from the sub-parish level until it attained its full status of an autonomous parish.
He contributed sh3m towards erecting the residential houses of the priests.
The Vice President chats with Ibrahim Ssemujju-Nganda the area MP as the Wakiso district chairman Matia Lwanga-Bwanika looks on.
Ibrahim Ssemujju-Nganda, the area MP, pledged sh900,000 of which he paid sh300,000. Matia Lwanga-Bwanika, chairman of Wakiso District, contributed sh1m on behalf of the district.
Kiira Mayor Mamerito Mugerwa and Julius Mutebi-Nsubuga, a mayoral aspirant in the coming by-elections also contributed sh1m each towards the project.
Archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito-Lwanga, who led the holy mass that preceded the inauguration occasion, announced that Kireka Parish was the 56th of those that form the Kampala Archdiocese.
Archbishop Lwanga talks to the Auxilliary bishop of Kampala Archdiocese Christopher Kakooza
Lwanga condemned the murderers of the girl after abducting her for a ransome they failed to get. The murders should be punished heavily; urging the Government to make every effort to catch the murders.
According to the media, the victim was abducted on her way from to see her sister a student of Kyambogo University.
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Ssekandi hails churches for social, spiritual develoment