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Mukono Diocese seeks shs10bn for construction of 2500-seater cathedral

The architectural design for the planned St. Phillips and Andrew's Cathedral. PHOTO/JESSICA SABANO

Mukono, (UG): Church leaders in Mukono District have launched a fundraising aiming to raise Shs10 billion for the reconstruction of St. Phillips and Andrew’s Cathedral into a 2500-seater church.

The current structure accommodates up to 800 people which the church says is a small capacity due to the increasing number of believers.

The Bishop of Mukono Diocese, Rt. Rev Enos Kagodo Kitto who led the fundraising for the new project says the planned church refashion is set to be completed in four years, and will be on the current church building.

“We want a new structure that can accommodate more than 2500 Christians. This one is small as it accommodates only 800 people with other Christians sitting outside,” Bishop Kagodo observed before he called upon believers to participate in the construction works.

“It’s a task for every Christian in this church to contribute at least Shs20,000.” the newly enthroned Bishop remarked.

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Information obtained by this publication indicates that the church is looking at raising over shs500 million from baptizing children across the various Anglican churches in the districts of Kayunga, Mukono, Buikwe and Buvuma which make up the diocese.

The old St. Phillips and Andrew’s Cathedral as seen on November 30, 2023. The cathedral is due to be refashioned. PHOTO/JESSICA SABANO

Mr Preach Arinaitwe, a member of the architectural designers for the new church building revealed how they are blending two concepts for the intended look of the church. “These two concepts include an ancient cathedral outlook and a modern touch,” he said.

He added: “It will have a modern sitting pavilion and will be able to accommodate the current and future population in 100 years to come.”

The new structure according to Mr Arinatiwe is going to be a smart cathedral built in the sense of targeting tourism in the fast-developing Mukono municipality.

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Additional Reporting by Jessica Sabano/Monitor

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