Rakai Churches in Ruins as Funding Shortfall Bites Anglican Ministry

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URN established that majority of the dilapidated structures were constructed in the 1960’s. Ddwaniro Church of Uganda and Buyamba church of Uganda for example were constructed in 1962 and have never had any major rehabilitation.

At least 90 church of Uganda structures in Rakai district are at the verge of collapse, a random survey by Uganda Radio Network has revealed.

The district has over 200 churches. However several of these have been abandoned by parishioners who now utilize the outer space for services and fellowship.  Some of the most dilapidated structures are Kakuuto, Sanje, Buzza, Kakoma, Ketelero and Kipoto church of Uganda.

URN established that majority of the dilapidated structures were constructed in the 1960’s. Ddwaniro Church of Uganda and Buyamba church of Uganda for example were constructed in 1962 and have never had any major rehabilitation.

Fred Kasozi, the Head of Laity in Rakai district says they are not sure how much money is needed to carry out major rehabilitation at all churches. He however says they have singled out some of the badly affected and they are carrying our resource mobilization from Christians themselves.

Rev. Canon Nkambo Mugerwa, the archdeacon of Rakai says more the churches with dilapidated structures had been listed for renovation but the exercise stalled to the lack of funds.  Ketelero church of Uganda for example, failed to raise Ugx 300 Million which was budgeted for its renovation.

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Canon Nkambo also claims that as a result, some churches are losing Christians to Born again churches.

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Rt. Rev. Godfrey Makumbi, the Bishop of West Buganda Diocese says the church of Uganda entirely depends of offertories and donations which are not enough to cover the cost of rehabilitation and maintenance.  He is however optimistic that the completion of Church House in Masaka could be a source of funding for other churches in rural areas.
 

 

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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."

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.