Uncertainty Looms on Stalled Masaka Church Plaza Project

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In short
Launched in 2011 by West Buganda Diocese, the plaza on Edward Avenue Masaka, the six-storied structure is planned to have a banking complex, shopping mall, rentable office space, a modern hotel and a parking yard. The commercial set up would ideally widen the tax base for the church.

The much awaited construction of Church Plaza in Masaka district is delayed further following the failure by the Anglican Church to identify a suitable contractor for the multibillion shillings project.

Launched in 2011 by West Buganda Diocese, the plaza on Edward Avenue Masaka, the six-storied structure is planned to have a banking complex, shopping mall, rentable office space, a modern hotel and a parking yard. The commercial set up would ideally widen the tax base for the church.

But despite collecting all the required funding totaling to Ugx 13 Billion, the planned site remains bare, with no sign of construction works taking place.  The money was secured after acquiring a loan from PTA bank and the sale of a church ranch in Ntuusi, Sembabule district last year.

Rt. Rev. Godfrey Makumbi,  the Bishop of West Buganda Diocese says the church has so far failed to identify a suitable contractor for the task. He however adds that the search for a contractor is ongoing and the project would soon take shape.
 
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Church leaders and flock alike are optimistic that the project would ease the financial burden the Anglican Church in Uganda is facing. Reverend Canon Eliabu Nkambo Mugerwa, the Rakai Archdeacon told Uganda Radio Network that the church solely depends on offertory and tithing which has dwindled over the years due to rising poverty levels.

Sarah Namusu, an Anglican Christian has asked the Diocese to speed up the award of contracts to kick start the construction.

Joseph Kizza, another believer faults the church for failing to find alternative sources of income and practically turning church leaders into beggars. He explains that priests have introduced different fundraising strategies such as thanksgiving, construction fee to milk their flock.
 

 

About the author

Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.