Situation in the Diocese
There are 32 parishes with almost 200 congregational Churches. These are administered through 5 Archdeaconaries – Kasaka, Mpigi, Maddu, Mpenja, and Kaggulwe
The diocese is 90% rural, with a population of 600,000 of whom 80 percent are Christians. There is also a growing Muslim community. The cultural and social atmosphere is very inclusive with an ecumenical spirit of welcome and integration of other tribes and ethnic groupings who come from other parts of Uganda to settle. The tribe of Baganda people and their culture is pre-dominant in the area and the Luganda language is the most widely spoken. English is also spoken by quite a number of people because it is the official language in the country and taught in all schools.
The diocese and entire population in the area depend much on subsistence farming. Some people do cattle farming, and there was substantial economic progress during the early years. However, this trend was reversed in a drastic way by the civil wars of 1979 and 1980-86. During that dark period people lost much of their property, houses were destroyed, animals were stolen, and their farms and crops were abandoned. Another major challenge in the area has been the collapse of the Coffee industry as a result of the coffee-disease which plagued much of the country. Coffee, for many years, has been the main source of income for the people of Uganda, and for this area in particular.
Although the diocese registered signs of significant development in the beginning, it is much poorer today than when it first started, and there are several factors that have contributed to this.
The Cathedral of St. John's, Kasaka
The Cathedral of St. John’s, Kasaka, stands conspicuous on a beautiful hill, and serves as the face of the diocese, and is the first prominent building to be noticed by anyone visiting the diocese.
The name of this church “Kasaka,” was derived from the small bush “akasaka” that occupied the beautiful hill where the church is located.
Early fishermen from nearby lake (Lake Wamala) while traveling to Kampala, used to relax on this hill, under a big tree which formed part of this bush. With a sitting capacity of 700 people, the church was first constructed in the early years of the 20th century. Canon Ezra Kamya (the late), who was the Archdeacon of Gomba is remembered for the great work he did in erecting and laying structures for the present church. And the church has constantly been extended and modified by the local congregation (with assistance of friends) to the extent of putting in magnificent glass windows.
Nevertheless, the cathedral still lacks modest chairs or seats for the growing congregation and a sound system in the sanctuary. It also needs an office for the Dean, an inventory room, and office equipment including a photocopier, computer with a printer, and more..
Also, work on repair of the cathedral roof is overdue due to the serious leakage which started recently. The corrugated iron roofing needs to change and put new roofing with more strong construction. The estimated cost for this work is $30,000 U.S dollars.