Namirembe Cathedral

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Namirembe Cathedral St. Pauls

According to Namirembe Cathedral history, In the early ages there existed a well of water situated on this hill called Namirembe, that drew people from all over to come and drink this pure water from it.

LIke it was well known in Uganda villages, that wells had ghosts and spirits in form of physical beings, the well at this particular hill was claimed by people that there was a ghost in form of a lady.

This lady was peaceful and therefore, she was named by the people NAMIREMBE, meaning peace due to the calmness everybody received after they tested these waters from this well.

This lady named NAMIREMBE by people lived on this hill and got well known as the best witch and traditionalist all around the region. In the 1980s, there rose religious battles that caused Kabaka Mwanga's brother to convert into Islam and snatched the kingdom from his brother.

The new king tried to convert everybody into Islam as well and the protestant fought and after winning the battle, the kingdom was returned back to Mwanga the rightful owner. The Kabaka Mwanga was impressed and therefore rewarded the protestants with this hill as a thnks to overthrow his enemies.

In 1890, the protestants decided to build a church on the hill, led by Nicodem Ssebwato, but where they built it the place was swampy and due to the waters, they had to shift it to the top of the hill where the land was abit dry.

1st Namirembe Cathedral 1890

In 1890, the protestants decided to build a church on the hill, led by Nicodem Ssebwato, but where they built it the place was swampy and due to the waters, they had to shift it to the top of the hill where the land was abit dry.

2nd Namirembe Cathedral 1891

The second church was built in 1891 but never lasted due to the heavy storm and lightening that hit in July 1892 which broke it down to the ground.

3rd Namirembe Cathedral 1894

In 1894, the 3rd church was built accommodating up to 4000 members but this one was attacked by termites and they ate each and every piece of wood that the congregation decided to break the left overs down.

Those who believed in tradition claimed tat the church was built where a witch used to dwell and that and that this was the worst idea. They also insisted that some day the hill would be returned to the original owner, the ghost and witch called NAMIREMBE.

But those who are responsible for the well being of the hill (Protestants) at present totally disagree with these speculations.

 

 

Namirembe Hill in 1897

After the congregation settled on the hill and took over completely, the name was never changed and was kept as NAMIREMBE hill and church as a monument.

The Arch Bishop at that time named Alfred Turker, was the one who ordered for a much better plan that would last longer and Uther Bethful Pite was the architect of that new plan.

Last Namirembe Cathedral 1919

The 4th church and the present was constructed and the mission was supervised by Kabaka (King) Dawudi Cchwa ll in 1915 and he officially openned it in 1919.

Due to the church being on top of the hill, it was named "the most high" (Lutikko) and after that, all the other churches even though were'nt on hills, developed calling their churches Lutikko, if they were the leading church in the area.

NAMIREMBE (Lutikko) was the headquaters of the East Africa as well as some of the parts of south Sudan, Congo, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi also Kenya and was called the Eastern Equatorial Africa. It was led by Bishop Hanington, sent by the head office in Mombasa, Kenya.

Namiremebe Cathedral 2012 Renovations

In 2012 The Namirembe Cathedral was thoroughly renovated after decades, cutting down the aged trees, building the compound, steps and many other features were added to boost the beauy of the monument. 

The Cathedral had no main entrance nor proper fancing around it, which exposed it to whoever that took advantage and practice all kind of unpleasant behaviour on its ground. Security was increased and now all movements can be well monitored.

The VICOM Company was given the renovation tender and agreed to do the job at a cost of 2.5 Billion UG Shillings with an arrangment to pay it in three installments.

Last Namirembe Cathedral 2020

 

It is now one hundred and seven (107) Years of NAMIREMBE CATHEDRAL's existance after all the speculations of the powerful witch called NAMIREMBE said to have persecuted and destroyed all the previous churches, claiming for whtat belonged to her.