President Yoweri Museveni has made a generous contribution of 50 million Ugandan shillings towards the finalization of the Emmanuel Church of Uganda in Rwenkanja, located in Kashari County, Mbarara district.
The church, established back in 1965 by the late Esteri Kokundeka, alongside the Esteri Kokundeka Memorial Primary and Secondary School, has been a beacon of education and social transformation within the local community.
The late Kokundeka’s initiative to start the church beneath a eucalyptus tree, utilizing drums to gather Christians for worship, is well-remembered.
During a vibrant fundraising event orchestrated to secure the church’s completion, Vice President Jessica Alupo, accompanied by her husband Peter Aine, presented this contribution to the congregation.
She commended Kokundeka’s foresight, despite lacking formal education, recognizing education as the catalyst for societal progress. Her efforts resulted in numerous individuals holding influential positions, not only locally but also within the government.
Alupo reassured the assembly that the government, under Museveni’s leadership, would persist in maintaining peace and security.
Moreover, it would continue to expand access to basic amenities such as education, electricity, water, and healthcare.
This would be achieved through the construction of health facilities and hospitals to better serve the population. She also disclosed that the government had allocated one billion Ugandan shillings to every district for community road improvements.
Encouraging believers to engage in government livelihood programs like Emyooga, women’s funds, youth livelihood, and the Parish Development Model, Alupo emphasized their importance in advancing the population into the formal economy.
Alupo expressed gratitude to the people of Mbarara for their unwavering support of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government, especially President Museveni.
Rev. Canon Nathan Bob Mwesigye, the Dean of Ankole Diocese, paid tribute to the late Kokundeka, who diligently preached the gospel of Jesus Christ despite the challenges of traveling long distances.
Mbarara District Woman MP, Margaret Rwebyambo, highlighted the significance of preserving Kokundeka’s legacy by expanding the church and establishing government-aided primary and secondary schools. She praised the Kokundeka schools for producing high-achieving students.
Rwebyambo appealed to the government to construct a health center within the vicinity, as the nearest facility is a considerable 8 kilometers away in Rubaya.
Mbarara District LC5 chairman, Deus Tabaro, urged the government to allocate funds for the construction of new district headquarters in Bwizibwera, estimated to cost one billion Ugandan shillings.
He also called for immediate attention to the water scarcity issue in the district, exacerbated by the dwindling of River Rwizi.