Mugisha Fred, Neighborhood and Housing Planning Engineer at the City of Kigali explained that the prison spread on 5.5 hectares and that the catholic church has already planned and budgeted for putting to use the prime land and is in the process of acquiring a construction permit.
“The catholic church has shown interest in managing the vacant land and suggested building a cathedral. They are working on a mockup of the project which they will present to the City of Kigali to obtain a construction permit.”
Mugisha said that the catholic church will also hand over a plan on how they intend to preserve surrounding historic buildings as they are crucial to retaining the nation’s heritage and history.
By the end of February, the mockup will be complete showing construction details of the cathedral and the construction is set to start by the end of 2021.
During the consecration ceremony of Antoine Kambanda who replaced Thaddée Ntihinyurwa as the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kigali on November 11th, 2018, he outlined priorities the catholic church would consider including building a new Kigali Cathedral.
President Kagame who attended the consecration ceremony agreed to donate for the construction of the cathedral and said it would be better using a bigger space.
“We will support the construction of the cathedral within the means we have but we all count on the will of the catholic church to bring the project to its completion.”
During the 2019 Christmas Mass, Archbishop Kambanda stated that the process of building the cathedral was already underway.