Citing Kisowera parish in Nama sub-county, Mukono district, Ssebaggala, said that the illegal settlers started destroying and stealing church property including the two acres of eucalyptus trees which they cut and sold. He said that the squatters have also started selling off plots of land and erecting buildings on the land.
The Bishop of
Mukono Diocese, James William Ssebaggala is worried by the increased theft of
Church land by purported lawful
bibanja owners. According to Bishop
Ssebaggala, several church projects have stalled in different parishes because of the illegal occupation of church land.
While addressing the State Minister for Finance and Economic Development, Amos Lugoloobi at the
scientific church service to celebrate the even
years of his ministry as the bishop of Mukono
Diocese, Bishop Ssebagala
noted that some of the illegal settlers have threatened to harm the clergy and
vandalise church property.
Citing Kisowera parish in Nama sub-county, Mukono
district, Ssebaggala, said that the illegal
settlers started destroying and stealing church property
including the two acres of eucalyptus trees which they cut and sold. He said that the squatters have also started selling off plots of land and erecting buildings on
He says that the squatters turned rowdy
recently and stormed the residence of the parish priest, Rev. Mikka Lukwago where they shattered his window panes and car before making off with a handful of property.
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“I am wondering where these people are getting
power to do whatever they are doing to the Church without anyone stopping them.
Imagine panga welding men attacking the parish priest in broad daylight and no
one of them was arrested.”
However, the squatters recently
claimed in a meeting with the Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Judith Nabakooba
that the contested land belonged to their parents and accused the church of
attempting to displace them forcefully.
In his response to the
Bishop’s complaint, Lugoloobi expressed his dismay
at the extent to which the alleged land grabbers are taking on church land. He
promised to bring the matter
to the attention of President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
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“If Police and the army have failed to address
these people who have caused insecurity to the church, I am going to seek the
attention of the President whom I think will not fail to protect the church.
Government in most of the times use church land to put up projects like public
schools, hospitals and others."