About sh500m in cash and pledges has already been raised to kick start the project
A sh5b cathedral is to be built for the Diocese of Muhabura to accommodate the increasing number of believers there and also project the dignity of the diocese and glorify God's name.
According to Bishop Cranmer Mugisha who is spearheading efforts to raise funds to construct the 3,000 seater cathedral, the ageing church structure has become small for the congregation.
He explained that since the inauguration of Muhabura Diocese in 1990, the church was meant for 800 worshipers and that the current population cannot fit in the cathedral and asked for support from the government and other well-wishers to complete the new cathedral.
This was during the 4th diocesan convention held at the diocese headquarters in Kisoro Municipality over the weekend where close to another sh65m in cash was raised during a mini fundraising event.
According to the head of laity in the diocese, John Terahayo, about sh500m in cash and pledges has already been raised to kick start the work to which the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi delivered sh20m contribution of the government.
Ssekandi in a speech he read on behalf of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni after the groundbreaking for the cathedral commended the people Kisoro for coming together in building the new cathedral without waiting for foreign support as was the case in the past.
He said that the NRM government values such formidable contribution and pledged its continued support to church initiatives saying the Church is an important conduit for attitude change towards development, value hard work and self-reliance.
Museveni congratulated the people and leadership of Muhabura upon choosing what he called a noble cause of the construction of a new cathedral and urged all the people and leaders in Kisoro to support the project until its completion.
The function attracted several church leaders including the retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Luke Orombi, and several other bishops from Rwanda, Congo and Tanzania, members of Parliament and Kisoro district leaders.