The Church in question was demolished on Sunday night after a suit by the joint administrators of the estate of late Evelyn Nachwa, a Buganda Kingdom princess. The administrators accused the Church of fraudulently being registered on their land title.
Poor record-keeping and greed
among descendants is a threat to the Church and all its investments across the
country. This is according to Bishops under the province of the Church of
Uganda, visited a site in Ndeeba, of a Church structure which was demolished
after a protracted land wrangle.
The Church in question was
demolished on Sunday night after a suit by the joint administrators of the
estate of late Evelyn Nachwa, a Buganda Kingdom princess. The administrators
accused the Church of fraudulently being registered on their land title.
The prelates who were in Kampala
for a special seating of the house of Bishops wept in disbelief upon arrival at
the site of the ruined sanctuary this morning. However, they pointed out that
what happened in Ndeeba is just a tip of the iceberg.
Mityana Diocesan Bishop James
Bukomeko observes that whereas the Church control’s chunks of land there are
intensifying struggles over its ownership. Bishop Bukomeko notes that many of
the land transactions were not documented, while some of the offers were based
on oral agreements and mutual understanding between the party’s involved.
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East Rwenzori Diocese Bishop George
Turyasingura says the Church needs to refocus its policies on how land is
managed and take the Ndeeba incident as an eye-opener to transform the way Church land is acquired and secure all the other contested areas
before they face a similar fate.
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The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda
the Most Rev Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu also appealed to the descendants of
the people who offered land to the Church to respect the decisions of their
forefathers, and not be driven by greed.
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West Buganda Diocese Bishop
Katumba Tamale says that Christians and leaders at every Church need to ensure
that they legally obtain documentation of any donations so that they avert
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Meanwhile, besides the descendants
who are claiming land that is occupied by the Church in different areas, the
institution is also facing another challenge of squatters, who illegally
settled on its land. The Provincial Secretary Rev. Canon Captain William Ongeng
stresses that this at times, happens when land is left idle for years.
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Meanwhile, Bishop Jackson Thembo
Nzerebende, the dean of the Province of Church of Uganda who also doubles as
the Bishop of South Rwenzori Diocese, observes that whereas there are laws
written in the books, at times the justices need to raise a question of
morality before disposing of matters that involve the interest of