West Buganda Diocese Church House Stalls

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In short
The project was valued at 2.5 billion Shillings. West Buganda Diocese agreed to sell off Ntusi Diocesan Ranch in Sembabule district at about 2.5 billion shillings to generate the required money. Now, West Buganda diocese has started fundraising to resume work on the project. The cost has since increased to 13 billion shillings.

West Buganda Diocese is launching a fresh fundraising drive to construct the stalled Church Plaza in Masaka Municipality.

In 2011, the diocese unveiled a master plan to construct a modern building next to Hot Ram Hotel along Edward Avenue in Masaka town.

The project was valued at 2.5 billion Shillings. West Buganda Diocese agreed to sell off Ntusi Diocesan Ranch in Sembabule district at about 2.5 billion shillings to generate the required money. 
 
The diocese contracted Symbion Uganda Limited and Proman Consult Limited to kick-start the construction. Construction started in 2011 after Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa reportedly gave the diocese 2.5 billion shillings to construct the building in exchange for Ntusi ranch. 

West Buganda, according to then bishop, Right Reverend Godfrey Makumbi, also secured additional funding from PTA Bank to facilitate the construction following increase in cost of construction. 

With the initial funds available, construction went on for the ground floor and then stalled.

Now, West Buganda diocese has started fundraising to resume work on the project.
The cost, initially put at 2.5 billion shillings, has since increased to 13 billion shillings.

Bishop Makumbi died of cancer in June 2015. His successor, Bishop Henry Katumba Tamale, says they now seek 500 million Shillings to finish up the ground floor so that traders can occupy it.

Bishop Katumba notes that although they had secured funds initially, the cost of construction increased affecting their budget. 

He explains that the diocese now has no money to complete the entire structure.

Katumba says due to lack of funds, they now seek bailout from good Samaritans and Christians to raise the funds. 

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Dr Charles Kahigiriza, the Head of Laity in West Buganda Diocese, says they have mobilised some resources to resume construction. Although he does not reveal how much is available, he notes that they are soon starting construction.

 

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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."

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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.