By Pascal Kwesiga and Robert Atuhaire, New Vision
“OH come, let us worship, bow down and kneel before the Lord,” reads the message on the two metallic gates of the newly renovated St. Peter’s Cathedral.
Extracted from Psalms chapter 95 verse 6, the message ushers you into the 700 seater church in Duhaga in Hoima town that was re opened yesterday after five months of renovation.
Scenes of joy and praise played out as hundreds of Christians who attended the rededication and reopening ceremony celebrated the completion of the project.
The Anglican archbishop, Henry Luke Orombi, led the mass in which the church was rededicated to God before it was symbolically re-opened by fisheries minister Ruth Nankabirwa who represented President Yoweri Museveni.
Museveni and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi were some of the individuals who were honoured in absentia with accolades and certificates in recognition of their outstanding contribution towards the renovation.
The renovation work that cost a total of sh600m included replacing the leaking roof with eco-tiles iron sheets, pulpit, baptismal fond for immersion, furniture, repainting walls, alter table, tower, stair cases and the toilets of the clergy that are housed on the church building.
Others were fencing the entire church with a chain link fence and replacing the cement floor with tiles.
St. Peters’ cathedral was built in 1928. It first served as a parish church before it became a rural deanery. It became the first cathedral in Bunyoro in 1972 when Bunyoro-Kitara attained the status of a diocese.
Museveni in a message read by Nankabirwa said Bunyoro, one of the oldest Kingdoms in the great lakes region occupies a significant place in the history of Uganda, adding that St. Peters’ Cathedral Church serves a very important community in the country.