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Museveni dishes out UGX400m to Orthodox Church

President Museveni hands over a parcel to Metropolitan Lwanga on Sunday. (PPU PHOTO)

KAMPALA – President Museveni has contributed UGX30m and pledged another UGX270m towards building a cathedral for the Orthodox Church.

Mr. Museveni also pledged additional UGX80 million for all the church members’ Sacco and another UGX20 million for the church leaders’ Sacco that is led by Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo.

Speaking at the fundraising ceremony in Namungoona, Kampala on Sunday, the President also promised to mobilise resources from the orthodox fraternity in Eritrea, Egypt, Sabia, Ethiopia and Russia, among other countries for the construction of Hagia Sophia Orthodox Cathedral in Uganda.

“I will coordinate with the Orthodox fraternity in those countries and use diplomatic channels to mobilise resources from those areas to support the construction of this church,” he said.

Mr. Museveni in a group photo with the Orthodox family. (PPU PHOTO)

The construction of Hagia Sophia Orthodox Cathedral as part of the celebrations to mark 100 years in service in Uganda will be built at a cost of UGX15 billion.

Mr. Museveni’s visit to the church comes after its Archbishop, Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga, warned that the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party will soon collapse because it has disturbed the nation so much”.

“We are going to suffer human rights abuse until NRM is dissolved. And it (NRM) is going to dissolve very soon. I say this prophetically, it is not going to be there because it has disturbed this nation very much. It is going to dissolve,” Metropolitan Lwanga said.

He added: “And when it dissolves, then things will go wonderfully.”

Metropolitan Lwanga made the remarks while delivering his belated Easter message at the Orthodox Secretariat on Namungoona Hill, Kampala last week. He was responding to a question on the rampant cases of killings and violation of human rights in the country.

President Museveni lays a foundation stone for construction of Aghia Sophia Orthodox Cathedral estimated to cost $4 million. (PPU PHOTO)

It is the President’s practice to make donations to churches, schools and other groups. Last week, it emerged that State House has increased its budget to UGX407b in 2019/2020 reflecting a 47% increment against the FY2018/20l9 with the money said to go towards mobilising masses towards political and socio-economic transformation, industrialization, and improved quality of life as well as appreciation of government policies and programmes.

According to the ministerial policy statement tabled before the Presidential Affairs Committee, the proposed allocation to wage category has been maintained at UGX17.1b, while the non-wage recurrent category is UGX377.7b. On the other hand, domestic development category will account for UGX12.34b.

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