Hon Judith Nabakooba, the Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, has initiated the Church of Uganda’s mass land registration, aiming to safeguard Church properties.

The launch coincided with a training session for Diocesan Secretaries and Diocesan Estates Officers at the Provincial Secretariat in Namirembe, Kampala. This training, organized by Church Commissioners Holding Company Ltd, focuses on land registration and proper land use.

Hon Judith Nabakooba emphasized the urgency of timely land registration to provide the Church with accurate land titles and to promote productive land use.

“We have received numerous reports of land grabbers and encroachers on Church land. Often, there is no evidence to prove Church ownership. The land title is the only required evidence, and that’s why we are here to support you in the registration process,” Hon Nabakooba stated.

Mr Balaam Muheebwa, the Acting Provincial Secretary, expressed gratitude to the government of Uganda for its support in the land registration process.

“On behalf of the Church of Uganda, I thank the government, particularly the Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, for their technical expertise and resources provided for this registration. We are committed to completing this exercise promptly,” Mr Muheebwa said.

Rev Jasper Mpirirwe Tumuhimbise, the group CEO of Church Commissioners Holding Company Ltd, also praised the government for its assistance in clearing the Church House debt. He noted that government compensations for using church land in various areas significantly contributed to paying off the debt.

This mass land registration launch follows a meeting between Hon Judith Nabakooba and the House of Bishops at Lweza Training and Conference Centre earlier this year. Resolutions from this meeting were sent to the Provincial Assembly Standing Committee (PASC), which formed an ad hoc committee chaired by Bishop James William Ssebaggala to coordinate the partnership between the Church of Uganda and the government for the land registration process.

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