The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has led a fundraising drive in which MPs raised Ushs 14 million towards the extension of St. John’s Anglican Church in Entebbe.
The Speaker contributed Ushs 3m, while the MP including; Johnson Muyanja (Mukono South), Joel Ssebikaali (Ntwentwe County), and Idah Nabayiga (Kalangala district) contributed a total of Ushs 11m.
This was during the fundraising service spearheaded by Hon. Rosemary Bikaako Tumusiime (Entebbe Municipality) held on Sunday 7th May, 2017 at St. John’s Church in Entebbe.
Kadaga said that Entebbe is the major entry point into the country and therefore it should stand out in all forms especially its structures.
“Most of our tourists come through Entebbe International Airport therefore; we need to make sure the town reflects a positive image on the rest of the country. We can achieve this through renovating our church to splendour,” the Speaker said.
The Speaker thanked the members of the church mostly the public servants for their contribution towards the cause.
The Parish Vicar, Rev. Kenneth Ssewanyana said that the church membership had increased which resulted into some people being forced to stay outside during church services. He thanked all those who participated in the fundraising.
Hon. Tumusiime also expressed her gratitude towards the MPs for attending the function and contributing towards the cause. She further urged more people to contribute to the church extension.
The first St. John’s Church building was built in 1908, located near the Marine School Entebbe, and was built by the first British Governor of Uganda, Sir Hesketh Bell. The Church’s was moved to its current location, Plot 25 Circular Road in Entebbe in 1928.