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The scuffle stems from a piece of land donated by the Church to a parishioner Rebecca Nakiwolo in recognition of her exemplary service to the Church. But, according to parishioners, several years after her death, Nakiwolos grandchildren showed up in 2015 led by their elder sister, Fatima Nakaweesi, demanding for the land, saying it belongs to their grandmother.
A church building belonging to Arch deacon was burnt by unknown people

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Tension is mounting between St. Apollo Church of Uganda, Nakibizzi in Njeru municipality and the neighbouring communities over land. The Church sits on a 7.6-acre piece of land, which also hosts Nakibizzi Church of Uganda Primary School, a Nursery School and teacher's quarters.

The Church acquired the disputed land in 1926. However, Church authorities are now embroiled in a fierce battle with a family that is claiming ownership of part of the land in question.

The scuffle stems from a piece of land donated by the Church to a parishioner Rebecca Nakiwolo in recognition of her exemplary service to the Church. But, according to parishioners, several years after her death, Nakiwolo's grandchildren showed up in 2015 led by their elder sister, Fatima Nakaweesi, demanding for the land, saying it belongs to their grandmother.

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Fred Kanaabi, a Reverend at St. Apollo Church of Uganda accuses Buikwe Resident District Commissioner Fred Bamwine of masterminding the illegal takeover of Church land.

Kanaabi says he has been receiving life-threatening phone calls from unidentified people asking him to leave issues of the Church land. On June 13, unidentified people burnt the newly built houses for the Archdeacon on the disputed land.

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But Buikwe Resident District Commissioner Fred Bamwine denies allegations that he is masterminding the theft of Church Land. He, however, says that although Nakiwolo's children don't have any documentation supporting their claim, they are legal claimants since the land had been occupied by their grandmother.

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Sezzibwa Regional Police spokesperson Hellen Butoto says police are holding three suspects in connection with burning the Archdeacon's house. They include among others Mohammed Kayongo, Swaibu Nsubuga and Daniel Sekirevu.

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