Lwanga asked Christians from other parishes to emulate Christ the King Church’s strategy of self-reliance, to be able to prevail over the challenge of the increasingly dwindling foreign assistance.
PIC: Christ the King parish-priest monsignor Gerald Kalumba displays the sh20m dummy cheque from Centenary Bank. Photos by Mathias Mazinga
The Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has praised the parishioners of Christ the King Church, Kampala, for their unwavering generosity, which has enabled the parish to develop without foreign aid.
Lwanga asked Christians from other parishes to emulate Christ the King Church's strategy of self-reliance, to be able to prevail over the challenge of the increasingly dwindling foreign assistance.
"Recently we had a conference of the Bishops from Eastern and Central Africa in Lilongwe and one of the things we emphasized was the need for the African Church to be self-reliant. I also got the opportunity to attend a synod for African Bishops in Rome, a few years ago."
"Our colleagues in Europe told us openly that they were tired of giving us money and it was not there anyway. Surely, 137 years after we received our faith, we shall not be fair if we continue to depend on the assistance of those who brought us the faith."
Lwanga made these remarks during the fundraising function for the renovation and extension of Christ the King Church, Kampala, which took place at the Church's Community Centre on Thursday (October 7). Lwanga's remarks followed a revelation by the Church's parish-priest, Msgr. Gerald Kalumba that the parishioners had already realized 78% of the sh9bn, which is required for the project.
Various companies, individual Christians and friends of the Church made impressive financial contributions during the function, in which a total of sh234m was raised in cash and pledges.
The Executive Director of Centenary Bank, Dr. Simon Kagugube, who was the Chief Guest, donated sh20m on behalf of the Bank.
Business mogul Caesar Malinga donated sh50m. The Governor of the Central Bank, Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile also donated sh15m, which was delivered for him by Charles Malinga.
The Bank's Catholic Community also donated sh6m. Other donors included NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba (sh12m), Joseph Yiga (sh10m) and Hon. Irene Muloni (sh1m).
Engineer Caleb Tugumisirize (from Ssentoogo and Partners) assured the Christians that the project of renovating Christ the King Church would kick off on November 1, 2016 and would be completed in only 78 weeks.
He said the project would be implemented in phases, to enable the Christians to attend mass at the Church as construction goes on.
The function was also graced by Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala.