By Naboth Isaac Niwagaba
The State Minister of trade and industry David Bahati has purchased roofing materials including all the required iron sheets for Kicumbi Catholic Church that is under construction in Memory of his late Aunt Feresta Nyanzigye.
This was revealed yesterday when Bahati who is also the Ndorwa West County Member of Parliament went to inspect the building that has been raised at the ring beam level. He was accompanied by members of the clergy from Rushoroza Catholic Parish and Kabale District Authorities.
Bahati’s paternal aunt Nyiranzigye who was a member of the Church located in Kamuganguzi Subcounty, Kabale District died in on 19th August, 2021 . She was a born again Christian, a regular worshipper and an active participant in several Church ministries .
Bahati revealed that his aunt had always asked him to contribute to the new Kicumbi Catholic Church building with a 1500 seater capacity, and that the old woman refused to accept his offer of solar electricity system and instead asked him to contribute the money for construction of the Church.
After Feresta died before she worshipped in the new building, Bahati decided to pay for all the costs of the roofing which he pledged to ensure that it is completed before the end of December 2021.
Kabale District Lc.5 Chairman Nelson Nshangabasheija commednded Bahati’s contribution to the Catholic Church in general. He revealed that Bahati had tremendously contributed to the construction of Rwanyana Catholic Church in Rwanyena parish, Rubaya Subcounty where the building is nearing completion.
The Priest of Rushoroza Parish in the Kabale Diocese Rev. Fr. Nyomugabe Baltzer described Bahati as a contented Christian whose generosity will be remembered in the history of Greater Kabale District and the entire Country. Fr. Ndyomugabe confirmed receipt of the iron sheets and other roofing materials for Kicumbi Catholic Church and promised to report Bahati’s contribution to the Kabale Diocesan Bishop Callistus Rubaramira.
The chairperson who also doubles as chairperson construction committee at Kicumbi Catholic church said Bahati’s contribution had motivated other Christians into supporting the construction project. Twesigomwe also revealed that Bahati had given them another contribution of UGX 9 million as contribution before pledging to pay for all the roofing materials.
Kicumbi Catholic Church construction was started in 2016 with a draft budget of 1 billion according to Twesigomwe, and the roofing alone was budgeted at 168 million.
Meanwhile, this becomes one of the many church construction projects where Minister Bahati has contributed millions of shillings. He has also been in news for supporting the Church of Uganda building projects, and notable among them is the recent contribution of 20 million towards the clearing off the debts that were accumulated during construction of the Church house located on Kampala road in Kampala City.