Simon Muwanga Kabogoza, the Chief Executive Officer of Buganda Land Board, says that following the 2016 boundary opening exercise, they instructed all residents who had registered with BLB with intentions of acquiring titles (Kyapa mungalo) they advised them to visit the diocesan land office to prove their tenancy.
Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit has ordered
Mukono diocese and Buganda Land Board-BLB to carry out a joint verification
of tenants on Nakanyonyi church land.
The land measuring 426 acres is under
contention between the residents, who claim to have acquired it through Buganda Land Board and Mukono diocese. Although
the church only acknowledges 30 bonafide occupants, there are over 2000
settlers on the land.
Simon Muwanga Kabogoza, the Chief Executive Officer of Buganda Land
Board, says that following the 2016 boundary opening exercise, they instructed
all residents who had registered with BLB with intentions of acquiring
titles (Kyapa mungalo) they advised them to
visit the diocesan land office to prove their tenancy.
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However, during the community engagement
involving all parties at Nakanyonyi Mission Church, Nakalema insisted that
the church and BLB conduct a joint verification exercise of residents within two
weeks starting from Monday, October 4.
“I want the exercise conducted on the ground so that
every claimant is given a
chance to present evidence of occupancy so as to find an everlasting solution
to the misunderstanding on the church land. The exercise should not take more
than two weeks,”
Rev. Godfrey Sono,
the Head of Mukono Diocesan Land Department, said it would be hard for the church to conduct the
verification exercise since it lacks details of the bonafide occupants who applied
for lease titles before the boundary opening.
According to Rev. Sono, since the boundary opening in 2016,
several other residents have encroached on the land by backdating their agreements.
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Pinanah Nakaweesi, one of the tenants says that he bought the
contested land from Buganda Parish Officials (Abatongole). She notes that BLB
is now abandoning them after realizing the mess in the transaction.
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John Kizito, another resident says they were not given sufficient
chance to explain how they settled on the contested land. He also faults the
church for creating a gap with the residents, saying that they promised to establish
a land office in Nakanyonyi eight years ago to handle the matter in vain.
the Buganda Attorney General and Minister for Local Government says that the three kingdom officials
implicated in the land scam namely Ahmed
Keteregga, John Sseguya and Muhammad Kizza were relieved of their duties.
He says that all those
who bought land from the trio were conned and have a right to sue them in the courts of law. Nakalema has also
tasked residents of
Kisowera in Nama sub-county to prove their occupancy.
200 residents have been involved in serious fights over land for the past three months accusing the
church of evicting
them from the land, which they
claim belongs to the late Kawalya Kaggwa.
However, the Commissioner of Surveys and
Mapping in the Lands Ministry, Wilson Ogalo has since confirmed that the contested 200 acres
of land at Kisowera belongs to the church whose title was printed in December 1926.
Ogalo advises residents to follow proper land
acquisition procedures before claiming ownership of the land. He notes that a tenant is not required
to sell or share any part of the land to any person without informing the