President Museveni on Wednesday commissioned the refurbished Uganda Martyrs Cathedral of Lira Diocese. The diocese is marking Golden Jubilee.
‘‘We must thank God that 50 years later, Uganda is now peaceful with freedom of worship as one of the liberties enjoyed minus restriction. I also applaud the Christians for leading the push to renovate the church, with us, the outsiders, only lending a hand.’’ The head of state said
The president lauded Archbishop John Baptist Odama for leading what he termed as critical push among the people to create wealth through cassava growing for commercial purposes.
‘ ‘ I thank him and all the other clergy involved in these wealth creation drives. This is a true reflection of walking in Jesus footsteps. ‘’
He added: To support these efforts, I will give the church here six tractors. The diocese can rent them out, plus other farming machinery, at an affordable cost to farmers.
He also contributed Shs300 million towards construction of the bishop’s house.
The priests also received 5,600 iron sheets from the president while the women’s guild got a vehicle.
About the bus promise, mr. Museveni promised to engage the Attorney General and also follow up with his office on the question of compensation for Barlonyo victims.
Earlier, the president flagged off the construction of the Rwenkunye—Apac road (90.9kms) and Apac-Lira—Puranga road (100.1kms).
Government is undertaking these projects with support of the Islamic Development Bank.
Mr. Museveni said upon completion, These roads will increase connectivity in the region, facilitate trade and help exploit the agricultural opportunities in the area.
‘ ‘Also to note, is that the road from Tororo all the way to Kamdini, will be done afresh. We now have a lot of traffic headed to South Sudan using this road. It will be made stronger and wider. It will become a four-lane road, 18 metres wide with walkways.’’
He revealed plans to design a cable-stayed bridge at Masonville port like the one of Jinja.