of Parliament have tasked Government officials to explain plans to pay for land
occupied by other individuals instead of only paying for the demolished St. Peter
The Ministry of Lands officials led by state Minister for Lands, Persis
Namuganza was today appearing before the Adhoc committee of Parliament
investigating compensation of 7.6 billion to Medard Kiconco over his land in
Kyadondo, Lusanja, in Mpererwe and Land belonging to Ephraim Enterprises which
was occupied by Ndeeba Church before it was razed down last year during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The land owners were to receive 3.8 billion shillings each.
But during the committee, the MPs wondered why the Ministry of Lands was compensating
for the whole land in Ndeeba measuring 2.0 acres instead of only paying for the
land occupied by the Church which is barely an acre .
Aogon, the Kumi Municipality MP who is part of the team investigating the
matter said if Government pays for the entire land to Dodovico Mwanje, later
on the Church can evict the people living in the same piece of land with
permanent homes, shops and other developments. He says
Government should not leave the question of squatters unresolved.
“So I think this…
Ndeeba Church was demolished on August 9 in the night after an ownership
dispute spanning more than 40 years. The act was a result of a court decision
over a property wrangle between the Church of Uganda and the joint
administrators of the estate of the late Evelyn Nachwa, a Buganda Kingdom
The demolition followed a court ruling which indicated that the land had
been fraudulently registered in the names of Bishop Danistan Nsubuga, Rev. Yuda
Kitaka, and Esau Kizito, thus ordering the church to vacate. In the aftermath
of the demolition, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni promised that Government
would rebuild the Church and compensate the owner of the land.
This was followed by a notice which was put into the Uganda Gazette on
August 28 indicating that the Minister of Lands has already issued a statutory
instrument regarding the piece of land situated in Kibuga block 7 plot 39.
The Government Valuer went in and valued the land
at 3.8 billion shillings, an amount that Mwanje has rejected and preferred to
have back his land for development.
the committee chairperson Veronica Bichetero Eragu demanded to know why the
Ministry decided to value the entire land with other development yet the
President's directive was specifically talking about the land that is owned by
the demolished church.
“What you valued is not what the President directed. After the President’s
letter, some people got excited and valued land containing other developments
yet these people had earlier paid for their pieces of land," Bichetero questioned.
explained that indeed the valuation was for the entire land including that not occupied
“See where the…
Church claimed that the whole land measured 2.0acreas. However we can discuss
this proposal that we only consider the land that housed the demolished
church. The government’s interest is the church land but if
the other occupants can coexist, then there’s no problem," she said.
also put the officers to task to explain the circumstances under which the two
plots were merged to make one plot 7, block 39.
County MP Elijah Okupa questioned the purpose of merging these plots and when was
it done and by who.
Ministry officials led by Namuganza pledged to table the property mutation
details, to show how the property was divided and merged. She also
informed the MPs that Government will pay the land owner whether they want it