Tycoon Mulenga Pledges UGX230 Million for Kabale Diocese

During the Bishop Annual Appeal Fund (BAAF) fundraising event on Saturday, businessman and Vietnamese Consular General to Uganda, King Ceasor Mulenga T.G., generously donated Shs 230 million to Kabale Diocese.

The Bishop Annual Appeal was initiated in 2015 by the Bishop of Kabale Diocese, Rt. Rev. Fr. Callistus Rubaramira. It has been an annual fundraising event aimed at gathering funds for various diocesan projects.

This particular event took place at St. Peters Church Gisoro Catholic Parish in Kisoro municipality. The primary objective was to raise funds for the establishment of St. Ignatius University, which is a private institution owned by Kabale Diocese. The fundraising goal for the Mutolere Denary was Shs 450 million, but they only managed to collect Shs 220 million. Mulenga, the chief guest, pledged to cover the remaining Shs 230 million.

At the event, Mulenga expressed his gratitude to President Museveni for introducing Universal Primary Education and Universal Secondary Education, programs that have greatly facilitated access to education for many. However, he urged the government to extend this educational assistance to universities, providing free education.

Mulenga commended the church, especially Kabale Diocese, for its substantial contributions in various fields, particularly in education. He praised the establishment of St. Ignatius University, emphasizing its potential to benefit students who are unable to secure admission to public universities. He also urged the government to expedite the operationalization of the John Kale Institute of Science and Technology, a project promised by President Museveni in honor of John Kale.

“St. Ignatius is set to collaborate with the government in education, offering those who cannot access public universities the opportunity to pursue education in private institutions,” Mulenga stated.

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Mulenga criticized certain individuals, notably leaders in Kisoro, who have been fostering divisions along religious and tribal lines, and even accused members of parliament of lacking unity.

“Religion should lead us closer to God, not divide us from our neighbors. Unfortunately, this is happening in Kisoro, where most of our leaders are members of parliament,” he remarked.

He stressed the notion that all riches belong to God, emphasizing the importance of utilizing wealth to serve the divine cause. Mulenga pledged to cover the remaining fundraising goal, but he encouraged Christians not to lose momentum in their fundraising efforts. Bishop Callistus Rubaramira of Kabale Diocese, the chief celebrant, commended Mulenga’s generosity and expressed the need for more individuals like him in Uganda.

The Bishop also conveyed his gratitude to General Edward Kale Kayihura for coming to his aid in 2012 when he collapsed in Kisoro while returning from Ruhengeri Diocese in Rwanda, following the consecration of Bishop Vincent Harolimana. General Kayihura arranged for a plane to transport him to Kampala during that critical time.

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