Namirembe Cathedral Marks 100 Years

Saint Paul's Cathedral Namirembe.

The World Bank and the Governments of Uganda, stomach and Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have launched an initiative that aims to address the daily hazards faced by small scale traders and at the same time boost a vital part of the region’s growing economy.

Implemented in cooperation with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa or COMESA, the Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project aims to clear logistical and administrative logjams at busy border crossings, reduce corruption and the harassment of traders—particularly women—boost local and regional economies, and alleviate poverty.

The World Bank disclosed that the project will unfold in two phases, beginning with grants and credits totaling $79 million for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda, and a second phase totaling $61 million for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Tanzania, and Zambia.

“The economic impact, particularly from the 20,000 to 30,000 small-scale traders that cross the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda each day, is crucial for the Great Lakes region,” said Paul Brenton, one of the World Bank’s Task Team Leaders for the project.

The project will fuse both physical and logistical improvements in customs and border facilities with policy and procedural reforms and capacity building.

According to World Bank, the project will for example fund construction of shelters for traders waiting at the border; automated turnstiles to facilitate more speedy passage through the border and less physical contact with, and therefore potential harassment from, border officials; gender sensitivity training for border officials; and the enshrinement of policies such as a requirement that inspections of female traders be conducted by female officials.

The goal is to improve the efficiency, capacity, and security of border operations at a number of key border crossings connecting the economies of these countries, thus improving the economic health of the region.
Saint Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe, buy the oldest Anglican Church in Uganda is set to hold celebrations marking 100 years of existence.

According to Reverend Canon Benon Kityo, adiposity the cathedral is the 5th church constructed on Namirembe hill and as well as the fourth cathedral that was were constructed by Christians.

According to Rev. Benon Kityo, site the Cathedral was constructed in 1915 and opened up by King Daudi Chwa who laid its foundation stone marking great victory and achievement for putting up a strong permanent structure.

Rev. Kityo reveals that several churches that were constructed by the first Christians were erected with weak available materials that constantly caught fire and some were swept away by strong winds and rain.

“In remembrance of all that the cathedral has gone through and the great benefits that Ugandans have achieved out of it, we are holding celebrations for a full weak starting on Nov 8 to Nov 15, 2015 at the cathedral,” Rev. Kityo told Chimp Reports.

On 8th, we are celebrating the ministry of child (Sunday school) for a hundred years of existence,” he said.

On Monday, the church will be celebrating the ministry of Fathers and Mothers unions followed by celebrations for the Christian men and women on Tuesday 10th.

“On Wednesday, there will be celebrations of the 100 years of the East African revival while Thursday celebrations will be held for the ministry of the different choirs, the boys’ brigade, the daughters of the king and youths,” Rev Kityo explained.

This will be preceded with celebrations for the ordained ministry, celebrating all the clergies that have ever been ordained from the cathedral.

Kityo added that the church shall also remember the ministry of three fallen Bishops; Bishop Hannington, Nsubuga and Kawuma.


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