By Moses Agaba
Henry Musasizi the State Minister of Finance (General Duties), has urged residents in Rubanda District to secure land titles to protect their land from potential grabbers.
District has been plagued by incidents of land grabbing, as seen in October of last year when 80-year-old Sikora Kokyenga, a resident of Kandiihe village, Nyaruhanga Parish, Ikumba Sub County, Rubanda District, faced the threat of losing her 25-acre land to unscrupulous individuals. A setback occurred when the ruling file granting her full rights mysteriously disappeared from the Kabale High Court office, leading to her losing a case against her nephew, Furugence Kanyamugara.
Last Friday, authorities in Rubanda District intervened in another land case, where some locals accused Rubanda Woman Member of Parliament, Prossy Akampurira Begumisa Mbabazi, of encroaching on public land in Karengyere Muko Sub County.
Minister Musasizi, while addressing the issue as the guest of honor at the 30th Anniversary of Rev Fr Dominic Tumusiime’s priesthood and fundraising event for the construction of Permanent Yesu Ahurire, Kakihuma Catholic church in Rubanda town council he , revealed his efforts to protect various lands in Rubanda District, including Kakihuma land, Katugunda, and Kabirzi Playground in Rubanda town council, from land grabbers. He emphasized the importance of securing land titles for Community and Church Lands to prevent illegal seizures.
Expressing gratitude to the NRM leadership, led by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Minister Musasizi highlighted enacted Acts aimed at resolving conflicts in Uganda. He credited the Land Act for protecting Kakihuma land, facilitating the processing of its land title by District officials.
Minister Musasizi also urged residents to strive for income-generating projects at the household level. He stressed the need to utilize available land wisely to improve households and encouraged the adoption of government programs such as the Parish Development model.
In his remarks, Rev Fr Tumusiime, urged Christians to always give back to God and their communities. He also emphasized the importance of love for prosperity in the world. The fundraising event raised over 40 million shillings and 75 pledges for the construction of Yesu Ahurire, Kakihuma Catholic permanent church, under Rubanda Catholic Parish.