Busoga diocese has endorsed a proposal to lease off its prime land in Bugembe town council to generate revenue for its activities. It follows a resolution passed by the house of Bishops in 2013 requiring all Anglican dioceses across the country to increase local revenue collections to fund the completion of key projects.
Rev. Benon Walube, the head of Lands and Estates at Busoga diocese says they have already surveyed 27.8 acres of land in Bugembe town council and demarcated it into smaller plots for leasing. He says apart from raising revenue, leasing out the land will help protect it from grabbers.
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According to Walube, some of the money will be used to give a face lift to Busoga diocese offices in Bugembe and construction of a commercial building on plot 61 Nile Avenue in Jinja municipality. Rev Benon Walube says Busoga diocese hopes to raise at least one billion shillings from the leasing out 70 plots at 15 million shillings each for 50 years.
He says sitting tenants who can afford to pay the lease have been given first priority. William Lyavaala, a resident of Nakanyonyi village accuses Busoga diocese of failing to consider people who have occupied the church land since the 1970’s. He sitting tenants should have been given a lease offer at a lower price.
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Hakim Birigwa, the Chairman Katende parish where the plots of land are located says there has not been any discrimination in the way the land was valued. He says all the 53 tenants were offered plots of land at the same price 15 million shillings.