Jinja Municipality, Anglican Church in Land Wrangle

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Waako explains that the land had been left idle by Busoga diocese for families to graze and grow crops for the last 15 years. However, some residents recently began excavating murram and constructing on land without approval from the diocese.

The diocese of Busoga is yet again entangled in a land wrangle with Jinja municipal council and 61 families residing near Masese Church of Uganda Primary School in Jinja district.

Stephen Waako, the deputy Lands and Estates manager at Busoga diocese accuses the Jinja municipal council of attempting to grab the 48 acres of land located in Masese III village.

Waako explains that the land had been left idle by Busoga diocese for families to graze and grow crops for the last 15 years. However, some residents recently began excavating murram and constructing on land without approval from the diocese.

Musisi Kibugudhu, the Walukuba/Masese division chairperson confirms that the land in question belongs to the Anglican Church which acquired it in the late 1970's from the community.

But Joyce Awooko, one of the sitting tenants says she constructed a house after receiving documents from Jinja land board and wonders how officials from Busoga diocese came in to stop developments that were already approved.

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Waako says a court order has been acquired restraining anyone from selling it.

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But Peter Mwiidhu, another resident of Masese village says the issue of land ownership must be settled by the municipal council officials in order to restore certainty among the residents.  He says some people were allocated plots without proper documents but told to construct hurriedly.

Ernest Nabihamba, the Jinja municipal council lands officer says Jinja municipality did not conspire to give away church land but the people on the land grabbed it without proper documentation and will be dealt with lawfully.

Busoga diocese is faced with a 28 acre prime land wrangle in 2013 that is yet to be settled.

The land was also left for the community to utilize which some members of the community ended up claiming ownership.