Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has called upon Ugandans to support the construction and improvement of places of worship befitting the glory of the God they worship saying the government will always support whenever possible.
Ssekandi who was speaking at St Mary Magdalene Catholic sub parish of Musukire in Rubongi sub-county, in Tororo, said that every humble contribution put together can do a lot in improving structures of worship including churches or mosques without waiting and relying on external support.
He said that its sad that people who believe in God as the omnipotent and source of life whom they worship in unworthy structures but at the same time enjoy the comfort of their state of the art homes. He called upon believers’ commitment to befitting structures for the worship of God.
Ssekandi who contributed sh5m towards the building of a new parish church of Musukire hailed the area leaders for their support for building on the foundation started by early missionaries and urged local leaders to inculcate in the youth the culture of hard work and saving to improve their wellbeing.
Ssekandi said that the strategic relationship between the church and the state should be maintained for the people of Uganda on mutual respect without compromising each other’s standards and beliefs.
The state minister for primary healthcare and Tororo Woman MP, Sarah Opendi, contributed sh3m towards the construction and appreciated ongoing government efforts to build a vocational training school in Tororo that will train and equip youth with skills.
The ceremony was also addressed by the state minister for east affairs, Joel Maganda, and Samia Bugwe North MP Nathan Oboth Oboth, who each contributed sh2m to the construction of the new 700 seater church estimated to cost sh200m.