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Gen Katumba Wamala Unveils Magnificent Church In His Village

Gen Katumba Wamala Unveils Magnificent Church In His Village

A church built by Gen Katumba Wamala, the Works and Transport minister, in his home area was yesterday opened by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu. Wamala build the church in God’s honour for surviving an assassination attempt on his life two years ago.

While opening St Mark’s Church Kikandwa in Kasawo Town Council, Mukono District, Archbishop Kaziimba said God spared Gen Katumba’s life so that he can build a place where Christians can worship Him.

“We thank God that the General is still alive and I keep wondering why anyone can think of assassinating Gen Katumba, a man who loves everyone. This world is full of people with bad hearts,” Archbishop Kaziimba said.

The Archbishop said by investing in the construction of a place of worship, the Wamala family has kept the legacy of their late parents whom he said worked tirelessly to serve God. The magnificent church, he said, has changed the Kasawo area. He also added that all neighboring school structures and teachers’ houses should also be improved.

The June 1, 2021, assassination attempt on the former chief of defence forces in Kisaasi left him wounded. Unfortunately, his daughter, Brenda Nantongo and driver Haruna Kayondo, died instantly.

Preliminary investigations pointed at rebels of ADF as being responsible for the attack. Later that year, Gen Katumba mobilized funds to start the construction of the church.

Archbishop Kaziimba, who also said everyone in this world has a contribution to make in society, cautioned Christians against engaging in acts of murder and abortion. He said people should love one another and have respect for life.

“We should use social media responsibly because what I see there, breaks down my heart,” he said.

Gen Katumba said it is by God’s grace that he is still alive today. He added that he survived the assassination because God wanted to give him a second chance.

“This church I have built is not for late Wamala’s family. Never claim even a window when I die. This church is a gift to the community of Kikandwa. My late mother loved this church so much that she used to spend all the money I gave her for her upkeep by giving to the clergy,” Gen Katumba said.

He asked Christians to maintain the church.

Mukono Diocese Bishop Enos Kitto Kagodo applauded Wamala for the vision of investing in the construction of a church. The function was attended by retired bishop of central Buganda Jackson Matovu, Mengo minister for culture Anthony Wamala, some MPs, and Namirembe Diocese Bishop-elect Moses Banja.

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