Nabakooba launches mass land registration for Church of Uganda

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Nabakooba launches mass land registration for Church of Uganda
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The Minister of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, Judith Nabakooba, has officially launched the mass land registration initiative for the Church of Uganda, aiming to safeguard Church-owned land.

The launch took place during the training session for diocesan secretaries and diocesan estates officers at Namirembe, Kampala.

The training primarily focuses on land registration and promoting proper land usage, and it is organised by the Church Commissioners Holding Company Limited.

During the event, Nabakooba emphasised the importance of timely registration of Church land to ensure accurate land titles, while also urging productive utilization of the land.

"We have received numerous reports of land grabbers and encroachers targeting Church land. In many cases, there is insufficient evidence of the Church's ownership. The only evidence we require is the land title, which is why we are here to support you in the registration process," Nabakooba stated.

The acting provincial secretary, Balaam Muheebwa, expressed gratitude to the government for their support to the Church of Uganda, particularly in the land registration process.

"On behalf of the Church of Uganda, I extend my appreciation to the government, especially the Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development, for providing us with technical expertise and relevant literature for the land registration. We are fully committed to completing this exercise within a short timeframe," Muheebwa commented.

Rev Jasper Mpirirwe Tumuhimbise, the Chief Executive Officer of Church Commissioners Holding Company Limited,also commended the government for assisting the Church in settling its debts related to Church House.

According to Tumuhimbise, the compensation received from the government for the use of Church land in various areas greatly contributed to paying off the Church House debt.

The launch of the mass land registration initiative follows a meeting between Nabakooba and the House of Bishops, held earlier this year at the Lweza Training and Conference Centre.

The resolutions from this meeting were subsequently forwarded to the Provincial Assembly Standing Committee (PASC), which established an ad hoc committee chaired by Bishop James William Ssebaggala.

This committee will oversee the partnership between the Church of Uganda and the government to facilitate the land registration process.

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