Isaac Mutyaba says that he purchased the land and settled there in 1976 before the church started most of its projects. He says that when the church started expanding, he sought a platform with the church to legalize and renew his tenancy in vain.
Over forty occupants
of Mukono diocese land in Nakanyonyi village in Nakifuma-Naggalama town council
in Mukono are demanding the ratification of their tenancy. It stems from a recent
decision by the diocese to deploy a team of surveyors to demarcate the
boundaries of the church land in the diocese.
The diocese plans to expand its projects in
Nakanyonyi under Mukono Diocese Economic Development Programme with the aim of changing
the wellbeing of Christian families. The land measuring 426acres hosts the conference center of the diocese, which
was turned into a textile workshop during the Covid-19 lockdown.
It also hosts
the lay leader’s bible college, elderly development initiative, cattle and
piggery farms. The diocese also plans to set up a modern pork abattoir on the
same land. However, over time, the
church has been feuding with residents, who its claims illegally occupied the
Some of the occupants have been forced to vacate the land while
others claim that they inherited the land from their parents before Buganda
Kingdom donated it to the church.
Isaac Mutyaba says
that he purchased the land and settled there in 1976 before the church started
most of its projects.
He says that when the church started expanding, he sought
a platform with the church to legalize and renew his tenancy in vain.
//Cue in: “Kubanga abasinga…
Cue out: …million ttaano”//
Janet Namuswe, 75, a widow does not remember the year she settled on the
contested land together with her late husband. She pleads with the church to
allow her to legalize her tenancy to enable her to stay with the only community
//Cue in: “Ebbanga nayingira…
Cue out: …kumi kumi,”//
The Mukono Diocesan Bishop, James William Ssebaggala, says that the squatters are
just hesitant to vacate church land not only in Mukono diocese but also in
other parts of the province. He notes that currently, the church gives out
leases to institutions and individuals who can surrender back the land at the
expiry of their lease where there is need and ability for the church to develop