The Anglican Church in Mbarara last Sunday saw the opening of a 7,200-seater mega church, which will be among the biggest in East Africa.
The commissioning was graced by Minister of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut who represented President Yoweri Museveni
The 5th Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya His Grace, Most Rev. Dr Eliud Wamukeke Wabukala who was the preacher of the day thanked the Christians at All Saints Church Mbarara for putting up such a magnificent church.
“This is a great achievement, it stands as a testimony of Christian faith and we will continue with this testimony throughout the world,” said Bishop Wabukala.
The Ankole Diocese Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Sheldon Mwesigwa described All Saints Church in Mbarara as the biggest Anglican Church in East Africa.
The Shs 5bn complex with an underground floor and a gallery has a sitting capacity of 7,200 people. An additional Shs 1bn is needed to complete the remaining works which include furnishing.
According to Ven. Rev. Canon Nathan Bobs Mwesigye who has behind this project, the idea of constructing the new church was conceived in 2008 but the actual construction began in 2010.
President Museveni, he said, contributed Shs 430m towards the roofing of the church while the rest of the funding came from worshippers who pray from the church.
“We are proud and associate with this achievement because this church is one of the examples of highest level of commitment of a small group of Christians in Mbarara to put up such a big sanctuary bigger than any other dioceses,” Mwesigye said.
At the ceremony, Minister Okurut, who credited the Christians for completing the construction delivered Shs 10million from the President toward the thanksgiving ceremony.