On Tuesday this week, three members Busoga Twisanie Development Association led by Eria Musobya, Emanuel Muyanda and Richard Gulume Ngobi held a press conference at the kingdom headquarters on Tuesday evening demanding to know circumstances under, which the said the land was allocated to diocese.
Moses Kizige, the Karamoja Affairs State Minister represented the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction works on May 27th, 2017. During the ground breaking, Rt. Rev Paul Moses Naimanhye, the Bishop of Busoga Diocese told the congregation in Christ's Cathedral that they have 28 acres of land around Bugembe on, which they will erect, the Bishop's house.
"We have had land struggles over time but I am glad to inform you that we have tried to handle them and we want to thank Obwa Kyabazinga that gave this land to the Diocese many years back." Bishop said. On Tuesday this week, three members Busoga Twisanie Development Association led by Eria Musobya, Emanuel Muyanda and Richard Gulume Ngobi held a press conference at the kingdom headquarters on Tuesday evening demanding to know circumstances under, which the said the land was allocated to diocese.
They issued the Busoga Kingdom Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muvawala, a week's ultimatum to come out clearly on the matter. "It is very absurd that the church is also now entangled in land grabbing but we shall not just sit back as the Diocese takes Obwa Kyabazinga's land on a silver plate. We demand an explanation from the prime minister and if proven that the Bishop is engaging in land grabbing, we shall definitely shun all church activities" Musobya said.
Andrew Ntange, the Busoga Kingdom Prime Minister asked the protesters to calm down, saying the Kingdom will give its position on the matter soon. "I am grateful that we have such concern Basoga keeping a keen eye on all our property. The prime minster will respond to their concern. I ask them to remain calm because all issues concern Busoga" Ntange said.
Stephen Waako, the Lands and Estates Officer in Busoga Diocese declined to comment on the matter, saying the kingdom will clear the air. However, Richard Gulume Balyainho, the chairperson of the Construction Committee, says their activities will continue at the site until otherwise.
"We have no problem with individuals who are seeking clarification and I think they have taken the best channel but there is no any instruction or injunction to the construction. As committee we shall continue with our activities normally" he added.
Emma Kiloko, a Christian at Christ's Cathedral Bugembe wonders why the Basoga are fighting own initiatives and developments. "We have since child hood known all that chunk of land to be belonging to the diocese and it has been the diocese renting it to people for farming, where have those people been not to complain?"
Dassan Batabaire, a youth leader in the Wakitaka parish believes there is some influential person in Busoga hiding behind Busoga Twisanie Development Association to sabotage the church project.