Isaac Niwagaba, Naboth
Hon. Musasizi Henry, State Minister of Finance, has started work on the Nyamasizi Green Valley Hospital, which will be named after the late Rev. Fr. Lazarus Kabasharira, a priest in the Kabale Diocese.
Musasizi, also the Rubanda East MP, was the chief guest at the fundraising ceremony for the elevation of Green Valley Nyamasizi Health Centre II, which was established by Fr. Kabasharira about 30 years ago.
The facility is one of several marks of the legacy he left in Nyamasizi Parish, Hamurwa Town Council, and Rubanda District. Other projects include cattle farms and a tea plantation that employs over 6000 people from within and outside the Rubanda District.
The hospital project, valued at around $800 million, is being managed by the late Kabasharira’s nephews and nieces, led by Rev. Fr. Prof. Maximiano Ngabirano.
Other notable members of the project management committee include Rev. Fr. Deusdedit Byomuhangi, Rev. Fr. Cleophas Magara, and Asst. Commissioner Human Resources in the Ministry of Finance, Prudence Ayebazibwe Rwangonga.
Hon. Musasizi contributed U.G. Shs. 7 million towards the construction project that was launched on Saturday at Nyamasizi Primary School in a ceremony that attracted people from all walks of life, including politicians, religious leaders, relatives of the late Kabasharira, and Ugandans from the diaspora.
A thanksgiving mass was held prior to the fundraiser, which was presided over by Celebrant, Rev. Fr. Aurelius Maguru, parish priest of Rubanda Catholic Parish.
To help kickstart the construction project, approximately USD 50 million in cash and pledges were collected.Minister Musasizi revealed that Rev. Fr. Maximiano had informed him about other contributions coming in from family friends in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Musasizi hailed the late Fr. Kabasharira, who died in November 2016 at age 75, for being a visionary man of God.
The Minister asked the Hospital Project Management to keep in touch with Rubanda District LC.5 Chairperson Stephen Kasyaba so that they could devise channels through which the hospital will get support from the government.
Other dignitaries at the fundraising include Mary Bebwajuba who represented the District LC.5 Chairman Stephen Kasyaba ,Former Commander of the UPDF engineering brigade, Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Timothy Sabiti Mutebire, Sheema District Deputy RDC Sam Evidence Orikunda among others.