'The building will have a conference centre, offices, hostel, bank as well as shops, all intended to generate money for the union'
PIC: Josephine Kasaato hands over a cake to Bishop Luwarira during the Mothers' Union celebrations at St Mark's Church Namate in Entebbe. (Gladys Kalibbala)
ENTEBBE- The Church gardens were covered with mainly white and blue – this being a celebration of mothers union where members were officially opening the Diocesan Mary’s Day.
The highly attended function was hosted by Entebbe Archdeaconry at St Mark’s Church Namate in Entebbe.
Blue and white are the official colours of mothers union and a member must be a wedded woman in the Church. While many of them prefer a white gomesi and blue belt, others choose to wear dresses or skirts and blouses where the materials bear ‘mother’s union’ inscriptions.
A fundraising drive for the proposed ‘Mother’s Union Building’ at Namirembe was also launched.
According to Josephine Kasaato, president Mother’s Union in Namirembe, the proposed six-floor building is estimated to cost about sh12b and is expected to be completed in two years.
“The building will have a conference centre, offices, hostel, bank as well as shops, all intended to generate money for the union,” Kasaato explained.
She appealed to all good Samaritans to come up and assist in the construction of the building, which she says, will ease a lot of their financial pressure once it is completed.
Bishop Sekadde and other Anglican clerics during the ceremony. (Gladys Kalibbala)
At the function presided over by the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, the Rt Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, assisted by retired bishop Samuel Sekadde, sh10,796,000 was collected in cash and sh6,205,000 pledges.
While preaching, Sekadde urged couples to stop domestic violence in their homes which has at times resulted in partners losing their lives. He said some men have developed a tendency of abandoning their families.
“Children are gifts given to us from God so we should cherish them while keeping the vows exchanged with your partners to keep together till death,” he said.
Sekadde advised wives to borrow a leaf from the wise women mentioned in the bible and keep their lamps burning all time.
Meanwhile, Allen Sekadde, the wife to Bishop Sekadde, urged members of the mother’s union to respect their husbands as well as participate in the up-bringing of their children for a better nation.