Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba has expressed concern over the escalating land conflicts within families in greater Mubende. The disputes often arise following the demise of estate owners, leading to conflicts among relatives over the distributed land, particularly affecting grandchildren.
Speaking during the celebration of Kiyinda-Mityana Diocese’s 42nd anniversary on November 26, 2023, Minister Nabakooba acknowledged that even some churches have fallen victim to land grabbing in such scenarios. She pledged concerted efforts to address this issue.
The diocese, initially part of Kampala Metropolitan Diocese until 1981, marked the occasion at its headquarters.
Minister Nabakooba urged the public to make use of idle land, emphasizing that unutilized land attracts grabbers. She advised against dividing family land, encouraging families to maintain it as a whole to boost large-scale food production.
The minister was informed during the celebration that St. Paul Kibubula sub-parish in Busunju parish, under the Kiyinda-Mityana Diocese, faced land grabbing issues after the estate owner who had allocated land to the church passed away. The church closed temporarily in July of the previous year to address these concerns.
The mass, led by newly appointed Bishop of Kasana-Luwero Diocese, Rt. Rev. Bishop Lawrence Mukasa, drew attendees from diverse backgrounds, including religious leaders, political figures, and members of the congregation.
During the event, Rt. Rev. Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa, the Bishop of Kiyinda-Mityana Diocese, described it as a memorable day in the history of their church and the diocese, emphasizing its significance and worthiness of celebration.