President Museveni has assured the Anglican church that no one will take away Church House from them as long as he still is alive.
President Museveni was speaking during martyrs’ day celebrations at the Anglican Shrine in Namugongo, Wakiso District.
The President said that he had read from the news that the church risked losing the the multi-billion building located opposite Bank of Uganda along Kampala-Jinja road in the city centre.
The NewVision today published a story with title; Anglicans risk losing church house over loan.
Church House started in January 2011 with an initial timeline of 18 to 24 months, but has since delayed due to unexpected interruptions. The Church of Uganda is meant to contribute 30% of the construction costs, with the 70% being a mortgage from Equity Bank Uganda. The initial cost of the project was US$16.3 million and this could have caused Anglican church the said trouble
“I saw in the news today that the church house is about to be taken, that is not possible as long as God is still keeping me alive,” Museveni said amidst cheers.
“I hear you have a debt, we shall see how to handle this, We will not allow the church house to go like that,” he added.
Museveni also promised to refurbish the shrine premises, saying the floor is slippery and can cause accidents.
“We have refurbished this place, we did a lot at the museum, we shall do more. But here is slippery, we must repair as we did at the catholic church,” Museveni said.
The president also took time to preach about morality and growing the country by example. He challenged the congregation to keep their bodies in check as they are the temple of God.
“Your bodies are temples of God, but they have alcohol, prostitution, poverty. What temple is that, we should be challenged,” he said.
The president would later be heading to the catholic church where he is expected to deliver a speech as well.