Land wrangles and welfare of the clergy remain the greatest
challenges facing Luwero Anglican Diocese as it marks 30 years of existence.
On Saturday, Anglicans will congregate at St Mark Cathedral church in Luwero
town council to mark 30 years after the diocese was carved out of Namirembe
diocese in 1991.
Since its inauguration, the Diocese has been under the leadership of three
bishops that include Bishop late Minsusera Bugimbi from 1991-1996, Bishop Evans
Kisekka from 1996-2015 and Bishop Eridard Nsubuga from 2015 to date.
In an interview ahead of the anniversary, Eridard Nsubuga Kironde the Luwero
Diocesan Bishop says that in the last 30 years the diocese has recorded growth
in numbers of Christians, churches and economic development.
Nsubuga says that the diocese now boasts of seven archdeaconries and 40
parishes spread in three districts of Luwero, Nakasongola and Nakaseke. The
churches are administered by 63 clergymen and 344 lay leaders.
In infrastructure development, Nsubuga says that the diocese has 62 Early
Childhood Centres, 221 primary schools and 27 secondary schools.
Others are Ndejje University, Kiwoko hospital, Luwero Diocese Guest House,
renovated St Mark Cathedral and constructed several health centres among other
But Nsubuga says that as they celebrate 30 years of existence, the diocese is
struggling to sustain its retired and serving clergymen over low collections
He cited the period of COVID 19 lockdown where all clergymen missed the
stipends over lack of collections living many languishing in abject poverty.
As a result, Kironde says they are hunting for 200 Million Shillings to
complete the pension house, a commercial building in Luwero town which they
intend to rent and get money to sustain retired priests.
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Nsubuga said another great challenge is people who have encroached on church
land and relatives of former landlords who donated the land to the church. He
explained that the church is unable to compensate the encroachers neither
process land titles for all land donated to it.
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of the churches embroiled in land wrangles with residents include St Mark
Cathedral, Namusale, Nakaseta and Kibaale among others.
Dan Mujjukizi the Chairperson of Planning and Development Committee in Luwero
Diocese say the encroachment has affected the expansion of churches as well as the
establishment of projects on disputed pieces of the land.
Mujjukizi says that in some wrangles, church administrators are wrangling with their
own Christians who encroached on the land but refused to vacate them demanding compensation
which they can’t afford.
Mujjukizi says that in the early days, Church ministers put much all emphasis
on spiritual development and paid little attention to economic development
which gave way to people to grab its land.
He however says that now there is vigilance to protect the available land,
acquire land titles where they can and develop some of them.