Parliament’s Budget Committee on Monday agreed to approve a total of 21 billion Shillings to compensate the Church of Uganda -COU for its land taken by government to expand Entebbe International Airport.
A fortnight ago, Justice Musa Ssekaana directed the petitioners and the respondents including the Registered Trustees of Church of Uganda, Archbishop the Most Reverend Dr. Steven Kazimba Mugalu, Bishop Mugisha, and Muhabura Diocese Chancellor, Joel Ernest Sendegeya to reach an out of court settlement.
Johnson Gakumba, the Bishop of Northern Uganda, says that there are also other schools in Amuru, Omoro and Nwoya districts whose ownership is being contested by either the churches or the communities. He asks religious leaders to join hands to resolve the disputes amicably.
In his memory, the day of his death has been marked as a public holiday, since 2015. But it is one of the holidays that are unknown among nationals, and on this basis, MPs think that more efforts should be put in place to make the celebration more significant and ensure that the day draws more attention than it is at the moment.
The decision by the Archbishop, the Most Rev. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu follows the death of the Bishop of Nebbi Rt. Rev. Alphonse Watho-Kudi on Sunday at Arua Regional Referral Hospital after he succumbed to Covid-19.
During a launching ceremony held at the archbishop's office in Namirembe, Kazimba said that on top of the continuous calls to government to save the environment and it's people from dangers of climate change, more practical efforts must ne taken by members of the religious community.
Archbishop Kaziimba advises faithful to make use of Home Cells saying they are the ideal place for Sunday worship to take place. He says that some cells may need to sub-divide so that they are no more than 10 people.
The translation of the English Bible into the Runyankole/Rukiga dialect was initiated by missionaries from Britain led by Rev. Jim Stanley Smith in the 1950s. The first translated bible was released in 1962.
The organizing committee of the enthronement estimated a budget of 1.16 billion Shillings for the two events. Part of the money, according to Ruth Nankabirwa, the Chairperson of the Organizing Committee will be used to purchase a vehicle for the archbishop, valued at 400 million Shillings.
In several comments posted on social media and those directed directly to the organizing committee members, concerned members, said the church had a lot of unfunded priorities, saying there is no justification to spend the said amount on a ‘dine and wine function’.
Ntagali decried the intolerable levels of greed, violence, injustice, youth unemployment and land grabbing in the country, and said that so many of these and other things could be resolved if corruption is managed. He added that many of the problems Uganda is facing are fundamentally spiritual because nationals have allowed evil to flourish at all levels.
Details of the commitment have been presented to the Commercial Court, where a consultancy firm, Land Coin Limited dragged the church, in pursuit of a 7.3 billion Shillings payment for its services. The Church contracted the company in 2015 to verify the extent of interest on a piece of land housing certain government offices in Entebbe.