Nakalema issued the directives after visiting Nakanyonyi and Kisowera parish church land where Mukono Diocese has for several years battled encroachers.
Mukono Diocesan Bishop James William Ssebaggala and Lt. Col Edith Nakalema.
The Head of
State House Anti-Corruption Unit, Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema has instructed
the Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Stephen Tanui to deploy police on the
Kisowera Church land in Mukono District.
Nakalema issued the directives on Saturday after visiting Nakanyonyi and Kisowera parish
church land where Mukono Diocese has for several years battled encroachers.
“The role of deployment is to ensure peace in the areas of Nakanyonyi and
Kisowera where people living on the church land are turning out to be violent.
Police should arrest all those involved in threatening violence against the
clergy.” Nakalema said.
The directive to deploy comes two weeks after a gang of youths attacked and
vandalized the house of Kisowera Parish Priest Micah Lukwago with intentions to
lynch him on accusations of evicting them from land. That was the second time
Lukwago was attacked in one month.
The contested land at Kisowera is approximately 151 acres covering over two
villages of Kisowera and Muduuma. The land at Nakanyonyi is 426 acres and the titles
are registered under the Church of Uganda Mukono diocese.
Mukono Diocesan Bishop James William Ssebaggala
says there are encroaching who forcefully encroach on the Church land and
construct illegal structures, with the support of leaders in the area.
“Most of these encroachers are hostile towards the registered landowner who is
the church of God. We are now grateful to the government for listening to our
cry and have decided to intervene in the matter and they are looking at
achieving a long term resolution.” Bishop Ssebaggala notes.
Badru Musoke, one of the residents at Kisowera says the church is forcing them to
surrender the land which they inherited from their parents.