|Martyrs' Church Katwe with it's unique architectural design|
|Rev. Kezekia Walusimbi. The Parish Priest of Martyrs' Church Katwe|
In 1962, Musoke got in touch with a young man called Charles Sinabulya Mwanje who got in touch with the late Jolly Joe Kiwanuka who was the proprietor of White Nile Night Club in Katwe. Jolly Joe gave them permission to start having Sunday services at White Nile Club every Sunday for three weeks. The worshippers were always between 10- 15 and the offertories were not more than 15/- every Sunday.
|Rev. Kezekia and Maama Kaweesa -|
the Parish Priest of Uganda Martyrs' Church Katwe
Later on the church was moved to Katwe Market where a well wisher offered them his tea restaurant to be used as a church every sunday. By that time this church was under the greater Kampala parish led by Rev. Macford who was based at All Saints Church Nakasero. Rev. Macford did a great work of baptizing and administering holy communion to this young congregation.
|Rev. Kezekia Kaweesa -|
Later on the Bishop of Namirembe, the late Rt. Rev. Dr. Dunstan Nsubuga approached Ssekabaka Muteesa II and requested for a piece of land to build a school for the less priviledged, and a vocational institute to help train destitute and idle youth in Katwe. This idea pleased the Kabaka who willingly gave him that piece of land adjacent to Wansanso gate to the Mengo Palace so that he builds a church and schools. This was the piece of land that used to house the garage for the Kabaka's vehicles.
After the Kabaka had given the Bishop this piece of land, Dr. Nsubuga requested the German Missionaries to build the Uganda Martyrs' Community Centre Katwe. They later on posted a lady called Mrs. Kenneddy to look after this place. They later on posted Capt. Emuria who was in charge of the Masajja Boys Project.
|Christians at Martyrs' Church Katwe attending one of the services|
To the good choir plus the preaching of Mzee Kulanima, many more people joined the church at Katwe.
|One of the Choirs at Katwe singing in a service|
|The Head of Laity, Mr. Ssegawa Peter addresses the congregation during the Sunday service|
|Sunday School children at Katwe Martyrs' Church|
Rev. Dothan Kavuma was succeeded by Rev. Yekoyada Nsereko as both Warden and Headmaster and as Parish priest since it had become a Parish. Prince Nakibinge was the Head of Laity while Mwanje Sinabulya was the Secretary to the Parish Council. The duo approached the Mayor of Kampala City, the late Walusimbi Mpanga requesting to be allocated land.
Lucky enough, their prayer was answered as the Mayor allocated them land at the present site of the Church. Before the 1966 crisis, this land used to be a barracks for the King's royal guards.
Construction of the new Church
After the land for the construction of the new church had been acquired, the Christians started to find means of building a new church. At this time, the Rev. Yokana Mukasa had succeeded Rev. Nsereko as the parish priest. Eng. Kaweesa of Kawesa and Partners drew the first plan. The foundation stone was laid by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Dunstan Kasi Nsubuga in 1980.
At this time the church experienced very many huddles including the death of the Architect Eng. Kaweesa, the construction work came to a halt. The foundation that had been dug was abandoned.
When Rev. Ssekitooleko was transferred to Katwe, Eng. Tony Kaggwa made another plan. Later on the late Rev. Dr. Kityo led the ground breaking ceremony and construction started. The church was built up to wall plate. In 1991, Rev. Simon Mpanga and Can. Augustine Magala Musiwuufu were posted to Katwe but they served for only one year. In 1992, Rev. James Balongo was posted to Katwe and started on the work of roofing the church.
|A video clip showing the students of Lubiri High ministering in one of the services at the church|
In 1996, Rev. Kenneth Ssewannyana and his wife Christine were posted to Katwe after the Church had been roofed three quarters. During that year, we had the first Christmas service in that Church. Rev. Sewannyana was succeeded by Rev. Paul Muwanguzi Ssentamu.On 7th February 1999, the Church was officially commissioned by the Rt. Rev. Samuel Balagadde Ssekkadde.
Later on Rev. Ersa Mayanja Lunninze and his wife Sarah Mayanja, were posted to serve at Katwe. They were succeeded by Rev. Kezekia Kaweesa Walusimbi, the current Parish Priest who also serves as the Assistant Archdeacon and the Diocesan Secretary to the Estates Department.
We thank God that the late Prince Samuel Nakibinge served as the first Chairman Head of Laity in this church. He served as Chairman for a period of 25 years. He was succeeded by Ssaalongo Stanley Kalyango who served for two terms. He was succeeded by Owek. Gaster Lule and now Mr. Peter Ssegawa. We thank the heads of laity for serving the Lord with all their hearts.
The Parish of Martyrs' Church Katwe is comprised of only one church.
|The project house of the Church|
|The Eastern side of the Church on a typical Sunday|
|The Main entrance of the Church|
|The nursery section of Christ Care Kindergarten which also houses the Sunday School|