By Juliet Lukwago
The Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga has revealed that he has collected over sh3.5b for the reconstruction of Kasubi Tombs.
Mayiga was Monday receiving sh12m contribution from Catholic priests of Kampala Archdiocese towards the tombs reconstruction.
Archbishop Cyprian Kizito-Lwanga handed the money to Buganda Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga at Pope Paul VI Memorial Hotel, Kampala during the priests meet dubbed as Kampala Archdiocese Priests Association (KAPA).
Archbishop Lwanga, Bishop Kakooza and Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala as they await Katikkiro's arrival
The prelate hailed Katikkiro’s efforts to ensure that Buganda’s glory is restored through not only the reconstruction of Kasubi tombs but also other kingship tombs in Buganda.
He described Charles Peter Mayiga as not only the Katikkiro of Buganda, but also a wonderful ambassador of the Catholic Church to the whole nation.
“We quite appreciate your wonderful work with your team which has earned the church a great honour. We promise to continue to pray God to give you more guidance in whatever you are doing for the nation, not only for the restoration of the world’s cultural heritage, but also in other fields,” the prelate told the Katikkiro.
He was grateful to the kingdom for the grant of land on which the Catholic Church erected its churches in Buganda.
He revealed that Kampala Archdiocese has over 300 priests of all levels including the Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Kakooza, Archbishop emeritus Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala and Monsignors working in different places.
Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga hands Katikkiro Mayiga their contribution
Katikkiro Mayiga was thankful for the priests' contribution towards the restoration of the tombs. He said he was proud of the Catholic Church for having educated and groomed him into what he is now.
He called upon the Catholics to participate into leadership at all levels. He was proud of the relationship between the Church and the Buganda Government, which he said originated from the arrival of the white missionaries.
He said that as the Church decided to display the Vatican and the Uganda flags in the Lubaga Cathedral, the Buganda flag should also be done the same.
He revealed that in Buganda a tradition was started ask the intending couples for seedlings with the intention of restoring the environment as the go for Kwanjula (Introduction).
The church should also introduce the same practice to ask those couples whether they had fulfilled it as they go for marriages in the Church.
The Katikkiro said that the Catholic Church has already contributed much, and he mentioned sh6m he received from Auxiliary Bishop of Kampala Archdiocese, Kakooza on behalf of St Peter’s Catholic Parish Nsambya; sh8m he received from Fr Joseph Lugobe on behalf of Christians of St Agnes Makindye Parish.
On behalf of the priests, Msgr Charles Kato Katongole thanked the Katikkiro for the good work he is doing, saying that his name puts a smile on their faces.