Archbishop Kazimba urges govt to entrust church with development projects

Kazimba says projects and items channeled from government through the church can easily reach the targeted than using the main systems infiltrated by corrupt officials

Archbishop Dr Stephen Kazimba Mugalu addressing Busoga diocese faithfuls (Photos by Isabirye Simon Peter)

IGANGA, UGANDA: The Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Rt Rev. Dr Samuel Stephen Kazimba Mugalu has advised government to entrust the church with some development projects in the country revealing that this is one of the ways the state can achieve its goals of transforming people’s lives nationwide.

Kazimba says that projects and items from government through the church can easily reach the targeted than using the main systems where sometimes money ends up being embezzled and swindled by corrupt officials in the government.

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The Archbishop, who is in Central Busoga Diocese for a three-day pastoral visit, was on Wednesday commissioning a maize flour mill which the Ministry of Agriculture donated, Animal Industries and Fisheries(MAAIF) through Agriculture Cluster Development Project(ACDP) to the Kwagala mothers union in Nakalama sub-county, Iganga district. 

He was received at the diocese headquarters in CMS Iganga by Rt Rev. Patrick Wakula, the Bishop of Central Busoga Diocese before proceeding with pastoral work.

“When government channel some things through the church, they have safe landing to the people targeted down since they don’t bear per diem and other things. I have so far received 10 tractors and distributed them amongst dioceses. I’m remaining with 27 dioceses which are lacking tractors since we have a total of 37 dioceses in Uganda,” said Archbishop Mugalu before tasking people to love things which cause development other than distorting government programs like stealing property intended for the public.

Archbishop Kazimba (L) touring the commissioned maize flour mill in Nakalama

Dr Kazimba Mugalu urged people to support others who have got visions to stimulate development and commended central government and other people who have supported women in implementing their vision of a maize flour mill. He tasked the public to utilize the milling machine citing that it’s for everyone regardless of their religious denomination.

“A vision bearer needs a vision supporter and a vision implementer. Therefore, I want to appreciate the people who are supporting these women to fulfil their vision right from the central government. This maize flour mill is not for only Christians but for all people of God so I urge you to grow more maize,” he said.

Archbishop Kazimba poses in a group photo with a section of people who welcomed him in the diocese

Dr Kazimba Mugalu also tasked people to put emphasis on the boy child citing that a lot of effort has been geared towards the girl child yet they need responsible husbands in the future. He also rallied people to work together saying that this year’s theme for church of Uganda is ‘United for service and growth,’ which is paraphrased from Ephesians 4:11-16.

The chairperson Kwagala Mothers Union Ms Annet Isoga said they have challenges like transportation of maize from various areas, lack of a storage facility for maize before milling and the need to have the project protected by a perimeter wall.

A section of members of Kwagala mothers union who attended the function

Ms Isoga requested authorities to support them with a truck, and storage facility among others.
She however commended the government for spotting them and offering them a milling machine through MAAIF.

The Archbishop later proceeded to Bugweri district, in Ibulanku sub-county where he commissioned a dormitory at Leura school of nursing and midwifery.

The dormitory which is planned to be a four storeys building is still under construction with only the ground floor finished. The Archbishop supported further constructions with 50 bags of cement, before tasking the locals to benefit from the medical school by taking their children for medical courses instead of leaving the opportunity to only people outside the Bugweri district. 

Archbishop commissioning the dormitory at Leura school of nursing and midwifery

The director of the institute Lule Sulaiman Kafeero commended the Archbishop for the visit and pledged to work with church in rendering services to the community. He said that they decided to name the dormitory after the Archbishop as a sign of appreciation for the tremendous works across the country. 

He will today (Thursday) lead a groundbreaking and fundraising ceremony for the construction of a diocesan cathedral at CMS in Iganga.

The functions were attended by the Minister of state for cooperatives Hon Fredrick Ngobi Gume, area MPs, the clergy, and other leaders from central government, and local government, among others.

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