By Spy Uganda
Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has underscored the role of the church in shaping society and people’s moral values to curb criminality.
Robinah Nabbanja in a message delivered by Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba at the fundraiser of Bigada Parish in Kakuuto constituency, Kyotera District, asked the residents to sow seeds of love and patriotism by supporting God’s work.
The local Christian community in Bigadi is contributing and working so hard in the construction of a new priests’ house which was struck by the 2017 earthquake that left many things in the region in despair. A fundraiser was therefore held to that effect to see the completion of the residence.
She thanked the organising committee for the good job they are doing in trying to reinstate the home saying priesthood is a gift from God and it is through them that God communicates to his people to receive the different sacraments.
Nabbanja expressed her gratitude to the church for always being supporters of government programs and assured them of its (government’s) commitment to help them whenever called upon. She further asked the church to continue disseminating information about government programs so that people can get a chance to benefit from them.
“Now we have the Parish Development Model. Please help us and tell the people the goodness in this program. If they are involved, poverty will be dealt with easily,” she said, urging them to use the peace brought by the NRM government to foster development.
The premier contributed Shs10million to the cause and asked all people regardless of their religious affiliations to have input for the good cause.
Leading the fundraiser, Rt Rev Serverus Jjumba, the Bishop of Masaka Diocese asked the people of Kakuuto Constituency in Rakai District to be ambassadors of development in God’s house by contributing to the cause.
Bishop Jjumba called out a number of people from different professions, clans, and institutions to generously contribute to the cause to have the home reinstated. A number of people responded to the call that requires over Shs180million and contributed cash with others pledging different amounts to help in the work.
Located in Kakuuto Sub County, Bigada Parish which was established in 1939 serves approximately 40,000 people of God in terms of evangelism, education, health and social economic spheres. The parish has also nurtured important people and national figures such as the late Hon Maria Mutagamba, Late Hon Mathias Kasamba, and late Vicent Ssemakula Ssetuba, among others.
It has however also suffered several hazards like the 1979 Liberation war, the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the 1980s and 90s and the most recent earthquake in 2017 that struck the whole of Kakuuto constituency.
The fundraiser was attended by leaders of the area MP, Geoffrey Lutaaya, State Minister for Microfinance Haruna Kasolo, Lwengo Woman MP Cissy Namuju, Kyotera District RDC, Apollo Mugume, and clergy, among others.
Pictorial Of Nabakooba At The Event