President Yoweri Museveni has donated Shillings 300 million towards the construction of the Uganda Orthodox Cathedral at Lubya Hill, in Rubaga Division in Kampala.
He announced the donation while presiding over celebration marking 100 years of the evangelical mission of the Orthodox Church in Uganda.
The cathedral will be built to commemorate 100 years of the Orthodox Church in Uganda.
According to Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga, the Archbishop of the Orthodox Church says the cathedral will be known as Hagia Sophia Cathedral.
It is expected to be a replica of Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople, which was taken over by the Ottomans. About US$4.5 million (about Shillings 17 billion) is required for the construction works.
During his speech, President Museveni asked the religious leaders to rally their followers to boost their household incomes through commercial activities including agriculture, services, ICTs and industries.
The President also contributed Shillings 80 million to the Sacco of the church members and another Shillings 20 million to the Sacco of orthodox priests.
He pledged to lobby for more funds towards the construction of the church across the orthodox fraternity using his diplomatic relations.
Museveni says majority Christians are involved in subsistence farming, which is crippling them financially.
He contends that once people are empowered economically they are able to support the construction of the church.