By Prossy Namiiro
The Bishop of Central Buganda Diocese, Rt Rev Micheal Lubowa has vowed to transform the Diocese into a self sustainable model with excellence in agriculture, household incomes and Community resilience.
Lubowa revealed this while receiving a dummy cheque of UGX 70 million presented to him by Rev Canon William Ongeng the Provincial Secretary of Church of Uganda as government support through National Agriculture Advisory Services (NAADS) to procure a ginger processing machine at St. John’s Cathedral, Kasaka in Gomba District today.
He thanked the President and the government of Uganda through NAADS for supporting the social economic transformation of the Diocese.
“Recently, we received 200 pigs, 40 heifers and today we have received UGX 70 million for a ginger processing machine. In our Diocese especially in Butambala district, ginger is the main cash crop grown which we have been exporting and loosing a lot of money. We are now going to process it from here, add more value to it and get more money. We want to chase poverty,” Lubowa said.
He led the visiting team from the Provincial Secretariat to the Diocese’s coffee, banana plantation, the Diocesan farm (with cows, pigs, chicken and goats), the Maize mill and the newly constructed Bishop’s Palace.
He revealed that the Diocese is set to construction a Pension House to generate revenue to support the retired clergy, Diocesan workers and advance the self sustainability agenda of the Diocese.
Rev. Canon William Ongeng the Provincial Secretary advised the Diocese to ensure proper accountability and transparency during the implementation of the project.
He commended the Diocese for the already established projects and noted that this is one of the reasons why the Diocese was identified a pilot area for the project together with South Ankole, West Lango, Kitgum and Busoga Dioceses.