According to Bishop Ssemogerere, many people have been donating land to the Church over the years, which has enabled it to construct Churches, schools and health centers among others. He says that unfortunately, most of the people who donated land to the Church over 80 years ago have already died.
Kasana-Luweero Catholic diocese is losing chunks of land
donated by well-wishers due to lack of proper documentation, the Bishop Rt.
Rev. Paul Ssemogerere has revealed.
According to Bishop Ssemogerere, many people
have been donating land to the Church over the years, which has enabled it to
construct Churches, schools and health centers among others. He says that unfortunately,
most of the people who donated land to the Church over 80 years ago have
He says that their children and grandchildren
have started taking advantage of the lack of proper documentation to reclaim
the land, which has led to conflicts with the church. Bishop Ssemogerere cites Mulajje
Parish where the Church got a donation of 60 acres about 80 years ago.
He says that the grandchildren of the donor have so far repossessed 45 acres
of said land. Anne Mubiru, a former resident of Mulungiomu
village in Nakaseke district also donated 50 acres. She died recently.
The Church is struggling with the deceased’s relatives over ownership of
the said land because the deceased did issue the church documents confirming
her donation. Bishop Ssemogerere also cites one Columbus, a
resident of Kijaguzo who donated 150 acres of land to Kijaguzo Parish.
says for the last three years, they have battled the grandchildren who have finally won and
repossessed the donated land. Nevertheless, Bishop Ssemogerere says that the
Church is to blame for this continuous loss.
He reasons that
there has been some laxity in securing land titles. He revealed while officiating at the
climax of the diocesan fundraising drive dubbed the Bishop’s Annual Appeal Fund
(BAAFU) at Kasana Cathedral.
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Rev. Fr. Pontian Ssonko, the Kasana-Luweero
Diocesan Treasurer General told Uganda Radio Network (URN) in an interview
that the loss of land to the relatives of the donors has
prompted them to earmark the biggest percentage of this year’s BAAFU to process
documents for such land.
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BAAFU was started by the late Dr. Cyprian Kizito
Lwanga, the then pioneer Bishop of Kasana-Luweero Diocese to
help the Bishop in evangelization and social development of the
By the end of this fundraising, over Shillings 70
million had been raised against a target of over Shillings 100million. The
shortfall has been blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic that affected the incomes of
many would-be contributors.