Northern Uganda and Ankole Dioceses Forge Stronger Ties through Benchmarking Mission
64 members of the Northern Uganda Diocese Mothers Union spent three days on a benchmarking and link mission in Ankole diocese in a significant move towards fostering mutual understanding and collaboration. The mission was led by Caroline Cik, the President of Northern Uganda Diocese Mothers Union and Vice-President of Mothers Union in the Province of Church of Uganda.
The twinning journey between the two dioceses commenced in 2018 and culminated in a visit to various self-help projects implemented by Ankole Diocese. Among these projects were the wafer project, producing altar bread for holy communion, a six-storeyed Mothers Union Complex, Diocesan Millennium SACCO 2012, coffee and poultry initiatives, and several buildings erected by the diocese in Mbarara city for sustainability.
Addressing the group at the climax of their benchmarking mission on January 10, 2024, at St James Cathedral, Ruharo, Ankole Anglican Diocese Bishop Sheldon Mwesigwa credited women under the Mothers Union Movement for setting a positive example through the inter-diocesan twinning movement. He acknowledged that, as a province of the Church of Uganda, they had not previously established formal relationships through diocesan twinning.
Bishop Mwesigwa challenged bishops and men to actively support this initiative, highlighting its potential benefits in terms of exchanging ideas, fostering innovation, and sharing visions among dioceses across the province. The bishop extended this call beyond the Church, encouraging local governments to implement similar movements for prosperous sustainable development.
Mwesigwa emphasized the transformative power of Christian values, noting that areas in Ankole experienced social-economic development because of the community’s grounding in these values. He praised past bishops, particularly Jonani Luwum, a member of the East African Revival, for contributing to Ankole’s development.
The bishop urged dioceses to strengthen Fathers’ Unions and encouraged visitors from Northern Uganda to invest more in their children’s education. He shared that Ankole Diocese had visited seven dioceses for benchmarking, and about 10 dioceses had reciprocated the visit.
Dr. Jeninah Mwesigye, the Mothers Union President of Ankole Diocese, commended the team from Northern Uganda for their proactive approach to learning from Ankole’s initiatives. She advocated for inter-diocesan visits as a pathway to achieving sustainable development across all dioceses in the province.
The visiting team expressed appreciation for Ankole Diocese’s income-generating projects, pledging to implement similar initiatives upon their return home. They emphasized the importance of continuous inter-diocesan visits, recognizing the value of shared learning and growth that occurs when dioceses engage with one another.