Kabale Diocese, Residents Bicker over Land

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In short
The land in question which is about one and a half acre is located in Kamatojo village, Karubanda ward, Southern division, Kabale Municipality. The wrangles started over five years ago after both sides claimed ownership of the land.

Residents of Kamatojo Village, Kabale Municipality and Kabale Diocese are bickering over a land dispute.

The land in question which is about one and a half acre is located in Kamatojo village, Karubanda ward, Southern division, Kabale Municipality.  

The wrangles started over five years ago after both sides claimed ownership of the land. 

Two years ago, Kabale Diocese allowed St Mary's College Rushoroza to utilize part of the disputed land to expand a playground, an action that angered the residents.

Lance Corporal Aloysius Okwarakunde, a Uganda Peoples Defense Forces Soldier attached to Department of Transport at State House Entebbe, says that last year he lodged a complaint at Kabale Police Station over the dispute.

Okwarakunde says that police advised the diocese to survey and demarcate the land to avoid disputes. He says that the diocese hired surveyors from Kampala who surveyed and demarcated the land and left part of the land for the residents, which was later fenced.

However, Rev. Fr. Ambrose Mugisha, the Kabale Diocesan Assistant Finance Administrator and the in-Charge of Diocesan Lands Department, Rev. Fr. Balthazar Twinomugisha, the parish Priest of Rushoroza Cathedral and Remegio Byamukama, allegedly destroyed the fence.

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On Wednesday, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Darias Nandiinda, Donald Muhwezi, the Kabale District Police Commander and Ronald Kasheija Byengyeru, the Kabale District Internal Security Officer met both to solve the dispute.

During the meeting, the residents accused the Diocese of grabbing part of their land. They demanded that the Diocese produces documents to prove ownership of the land.

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Rev. Fr. Ambrose Mugisha, the Kabale Diocesan Assistant Finance Administration insists that the land belongs to the diocese. He says that the land was under customary tenure since 1923 after the land was secured by the White Fathers. 

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He says that for many years, the diocese has been hiring the land to the residents for agriculture purposes. 

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The meeting became rowdy forcing the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Darias Nandiinda to abruptly close the meeting. He resolved to organise a meeting between a section of the residents and the diocese.

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About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.