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Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba Tours Ankole Diocese Multi-Billion Poverty Eradication Projects

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Head of the Church of Uganda Province Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba is on his tour in Ankole Diocese where he has gone for Episcopal duties.

In his visit, the Bishop was led by the Ankole Diocese seer Dr. Bishop Sheldon Mwesigwa in touring the Multi Billion projects that the Diocese has established to help the community in eradicating poverty and also raising income for the church to reduce dependency on fundraising and offerings.

In some of the visited projects was the Ankole Millennium SACCO a Savings and Credit Cooperative founded by Church of Uganda and the last among all Church of Uganda founded SACCOs in Uganda. The SACCO boosts membership of 18,000 members with a loan portfolio of UGX 13.8Bn, 4.8 Bn Capital Reserves and member deposits worth 8 Billion shillings.

He also visited Mbarara Municipal Primary School a government aided school enrollment of over 4000 pupils.

Church of Uganda is credited for founding many schools and institutions of higher learning all which has helped in increasing literacy rates in Uganda. Besides Mbarara Municipal Primary School, Mbarara High School the oldest Boys school in Western Uganda and one of the most prestigious in the country is also under the Anglican Communion foundation.

He further visited Bishop Stuart University one of the 5 chartered Universities in Uganda founded by Church of Uganda which is also the most populous University in Mbarara City with total enrollment of over 3000 students.

He commended the university leadership headed by University Vice Chancellor Prof. Maudah Kamatesi.

I thank Prof. Maudah Kamatenesi the Vice Chancellor and Prof. Kenneth Kagame the Chairperson of University Council, staff and Students for receiving me so warmly.” Said Archbishop Kaziimba.

Other projects visited by His Grace Stephen Kazimba were housing projects of the diocese which include Church Community Centre originally known as Church Hostel which houses Ankole Millennium SACCO and Revival FM a radio jointly owned by Ankole Diocese and Words of Hope Ministries Uganda a Church of Uganda affiliated organization.

He similarly toured the newly constructed St. Paul Building a 5 storey building in Mbarara, that raises 25M income monthly, Ankole Diocese Golden jubilee house on Mosque Road Kakoba and Ankole Diocese retirement and pension house which is currently under construction in Kyapotani, Kakoba Mbarara City. Proceeds from the Pension house will support retired clergy.

St Paul Shopping Mall Mbarara
Exterior view of St Paul Shopping Mall

Archbishop commended the Chairman of the Building project at Ankole Diocese businessman Mr. Fred ‘for the visionary leadership’.

The church has diversified from being only a centre of worship to establishing projects that provide employment opportunities, support local communities and also establishing trade and aids to trade. Elsewhere in the country, Church of Uganda has established various projects like Television stations, Radio Stations, Universities, Hospitals, Demonstration farms, Buildings like the 15 storied Church House on Kampala Road.

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