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Priest Survives Lynching by Mob Claiming Ownership of Church Land

The priest had been trying to stop Badru Musoke, a resident at Muduuma village from bolstering the family’s ancestral grave yard with cement when other residents surrounded off the priest threatening to burn his car on top of beating him. Police officers from Mukono Police Division managed to reach at the scene on time to rescue the priest and escort him away.
Some of the residents who turned against the priest for accusing them criminal tress pass.

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Reverend Mikka Lukwago, the parish priest of Kisowera Church of Uganda in Mukono district has survived lynching from an angry mob who have accused him for hatching plans of evicting them from land.

The priest had been trying to stop Badru Musoke, a resident at Muduuma village from bolstering the family’s ancestral grave yard with cement when other residents surrounded  the priest threatening to burn his car on top of beating him. Fortunately for him, police officers attached to Mukono Police Division managed to reach at the scene on time and rescued the priest escorting him away.

The Mukono Divisional Police Commander Ismael Kifudde confirms the arrest of five residents involved in the fracas to help police investigate the matter thoroughly; also the building materials have been confiscated.  

Several residents at Muduuma village have accused the priest for mistreating them, stopping them from developing the land despite of the occupants being bonafide bibanja owners for over 30 years.The government has expressly prohibited any evictions from land during the lockdown.

The contested land is approximately 151 acres covering the two villages of Kisowera and Muduuma, whose title is registered under Church of Uganda Mukono diocese.

Badru Musoke says the priest is forcing residents to surrender parts of their plots of land yet their survival is based on the land on which they have derived their food and shelter over the decades.

//Cue in: “Ebijja byona byali… 

Cue out: …bwebatyo”//

Another resident Harriet Nansamba says Kisowera church ignores the path of faith and instead focused at earthly gains which has also accelerated their greed for land.

//Cue in: “Nze kitange ne… 

Cue out: …ffe tuli bamalirivu”//

Mukono Diocesan Spokesperson Derrick Kaddu says the diocese is closely following up all the matters though he condemns residents threatening servants of God with mob justice whenever they come out to speak about land.

The Diocesan Bishop James William Ssebaggala has always preached against grabbing of church land within the diocese. He has always noted that the church land especially in the district of Mukono, Buikwe and Kayunga has been extensively grabbed.

In 2016, a mob attacked Church of Uganda bishops while touring the Ntawo-Muzingo Village land in Mukono Municipality and threatened to burn the bus in which they were travelling, forcing them to flee for their safety. 

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