The row between the Diocese and the residents has been developing silently and escalated on June 1, after Edward Kagoro, the Bunyoro-Kitara diocese land chairperson issued a notice to the residents saying that the land belongs to the church.
Bunyoro Kitara Diocese is on the verge of evicting more than
300 people from their homes in Rusembe 1 and Rusembe 2 villages in Duhaga ward in Kahoora division Hoima Municipality.
The dioceses claims the land occupied by the residentsmeasuring 269 acres.
The row between
the Diocese and the residents has been developing silently and escalated on June
1, 2019 after Edward Kagoro, the Bunyoro-Kitara diocese land board chairperson issued an eviction notice to the residents, saying the land belongs to the church.
In the notice, the
Anglican Church wants the occupants who have since constructed permanent homes and
other properties to register so as to be sub-leased.
This hasn't gone
well with the residents who claim this is their ancestral land and vowed to do
The residents led
by their Village Chairperson, Fred Ayesiza held a meeting on June 2 at Duhaga
playground, a few meters from the contested land to forge away forward to the
The residents blamed
the church leaders for embarking on such an exercise without informing them.
“This is a well coordinated
plan to evict us and grab our ancestral land. But we shall not accept this broad
day light robbery. If the church claims ownership it should show proof of ownership
by producing a land title which they have not up to now presented,” Fred
Ayesiga, the Rusembe 1 LC 1 Chairperson who claimed to have lived on the disputed
land for over 90 years said.
Ayesiga says they
will not allow the church to grab their land threatening to mobilize area
residents to protest against the church’s decision.
another resident who has lived on the contested piece of land for over 70 years, explains that this is a deliberate move by the church to evict them from their
land, adding that they cannot allow this to happen.
Cue out:…That is
Kategero, the LC 2 Chairperson for Western Ward in Kahoora Division, said the
land problem can be solved by the church producing the land title to allow for retracing the boundary markings.
this would help in a way that whoever is on that title can discuss with the
church or seek legal redress in courts of law.
Godfrey Buro, the Vicar General of the Diocese, said the church has no intention to evict the residents,
adding that the church that has a freehold title and only wants to register
and sub-lease the land to the occupants so that they can have clear ownership.
Buro said the decision to register people on church to issue them subleases was sanctioned by the provincial assembly.
He says although
a few people have started coming to formalize their stay on the land, many are reluctant.
"We urge others to come and they get land
titles to cement their legal occupancy and this can also help them get titles
and use them as collaterals to get loans in the bank and develop themselves .”
The diocese has
also warned people against buying and selling plots of land on the contested