The Anglican Diocese of Luweero is looking for at least 350 million shillings as it prepares to send off Bishop Evans Kisekka and welcome his replacement. Bishop Kisekka, who has been in the position for almost 20 years, will step down in 2015 after clocking 65 years of age, the official retirement age for bishops in the Anglican Church.
Bishop Kisekka, who has been in the position for almost 20 years, will step down in 2015 after clocking 65 years of age, the official retirement age for bishops in the Anglican Church. The process of selecting his successor has started and will end this year. The organisation for his farewell party and the consecration of his successor has also started.
Canon Nsamba Bukenya, the Chairman of Luweero Diocese Taskforce for Consecration and Farewell Ceremonies, says a committee comprising of 30 members have sat and approved 350 million shillings for the organization of two separate functions.
Canon Nsamba explained that the money will be spent on buying a car as gift for outgoing bishop and another vehicle for the incoming bishop. He added that they will renovate the official house for the bishop and repair St Mark Cathedral where the two functions will be held.
Nsamba declined to reveal the amount tagged onto the items saying it will create unnecessary alarm from Christians in the diocese. He says the money will be collected from Christians, organisations, Schools and Local Leaders among others.
A member of the task force told URN Reporter that the budget has 140 million shillings for the two vehicles and 70 million shillings for renovation of the cathedral as well as the bishop’s house. He explained that they are behind time but they will work tirelessly to ensure they get money and organize colorful functions.
The budget has, however, met mixed reactions from Christians and majority want some items dropped.
David Ssenfuma of St Mark Cathedral, Luweero town council, says it may be difficult to get the money in the few months remaining. Ssenfuma also noted that the taskforce has been unfair to allocate 70 million shillings to buy a new car as a donation for outgoing bishop yet he could be given the old one which he is currently driving because it’s still in good condition.
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David Kamugisha, another Christian of the same church, says they have been contributing money for the construction of the cathedral for years and lavishly spending 350 million shillings on functions is unjustifiable.
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