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Church House takes off after 40 years
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By Ephraim Kasozi & Emmanuel Mulondo (email the author)

Posted Friday, April 8 2011 at 00:00
After 40 years of fundraising, construction of the 15-storey Church House building in Kampala has started. The construction work by Ms Cementers (U) Ltd is slated to last 18 months and will cost believers $16.3 million (Shs40.75 billion).

“The Church invested the money obtained from previous fundraising efforts into viable ventures and is now using returns from these investments to begin the construction process,” the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi, said yesterday during a tour of the site on Kampala Road by a team of bishops.
However, he noted that the Church of Uganda through the Board of Trustees is in the process of negotiating a loan facility with selected financial institutions to secure funding.

“Whereas the construction work has begun, we have not attained all the funding to complete this project.”
The archbishop also disclosed that at the moment, the church trustees were selling some of the mission’s properties that have not been making good returns and the proceeds would go into financing the project.

Participants commended
Flanked by all bishops of the Province of the Church of Uganda, the Archbishop commended all involved and appealed to believers to support the work through their respective dioceses, which are entitled to buy shares in the project.

“The dioceses will enjoy a return on their investment once the project is complete,” said archbishop Orombi.



Church House works in progress

Friday, 8th April, 2011
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Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi (centre) inspects construction of the Church of Uganda House on Kampala Road on Thursday
 

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Uganda: Orombi Offers Church House Shares

Michael Mubangizi13 April 2011

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Anglican churches will have an opportunity to have a stake in the under-construction Church House. This follows a pronouncement by Henry Luke Orombi, the Church of Uganda Archbishop, offering shares to churches, parishes and dioceses.

Orombi made the remarks while leading a delegation of the House of Bishops who visited the site on Kampala Road last week. Addressing journalists at the site, Orombi said the sale of shares to churches, parishes and dioceses will be one of the avenues to raise funds to complete the construction.



"Our target is to raise at least 50% of the funds needed from the dioceses," Orombi said, appealing to members of the Church of Uganda to support their dioceses. "In this way, the dioceses will enjoy a return on their investment once the project is complete."

The shares, Orombi said, shall not be available to individual persons but corporate entities like churches, parishes and dioceses.

Apart from shares, Orombi said, the church is in the process of securing a loan from financial institutions and of selling some of the church properties like redundant land, to raise money to complete the project.

Long journey

Construction of the premises finally started four months ago after many years of preparation. The idea started 40 years ago in 1965 as "a means to prepare the church for self sustenance."



Actual construction, however, delayed because of lack of funds. Past contributions from church members towards the project, Orombi said, realized only Shs 721m.

The church, he added, invested that money in viable ventures and is now using returns from the investments to start the construction process.

Construction of the 16-floor building will cost $16.3m (Shs 40.75bn). Only half of that money has been paid to the contractor, M/S Cementers (U) Ltd.

The project is meant to be completed in 18 months. In the last four months, two basement floors have been erected, and as the architect overseeing the project, John Ssekaziga said, "that is the most important, yet difficult task. We will now be moving at a very fast speed."


The first two floors, he said, will be used for shops while the remaining floors will house offices. The basement will also have parking space for 85 vehicles.

Ssekaziga also told bishops his team has inadequate working space and storage facilities at the site. As a result, he says, storage and mixing of construction materials is done at their store in Gayaza and transferred to the site.

He also hinted on financial challenges and asked the church to avail the remaining half of the money so that work moves smoothly and doesn't delay.

In an interview with The Observer, Orombi ruled out any stalling.

"I want to open this Church House before I retire in two years."
 

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Im trying to get renders for this project. Im curious as to how this one will look like once complete especially since its right in the middle of the CBD.
 

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I passed by the site today. The tower is now a dominant feature of the city skyline. I think it will house the Equity bank HQ's for Uganda.
 

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Renders

The renders make this one look pretty nice-I think it's going to look great when it's got the glass façade-apparently they're going to incorporate the Church of Uganda logo into it

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Looks great. Jinja. There are two other projects coming up on Jinja road but haven't seen any threads for them. By the end of next year, Jinja road will completely be looking different.
 
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