Ibanda Town Clerk Accused of Blocking Church Construction

Born-again Christians of the Church of Holiness in Ibanda town are accusing the Municipality Town Clerk Justine Barekye of conniving with a local rich man to stop them from erecting a church on their land in Bufunda Division.

The Christians led by their Pastor Bruno Mulinyabigo claim they bought this land at Shs 29million, but are not wanted in the area by the businessman, a one Dr John Bosco.

Pastor Mulinyabigo says they paid Shs. 390,000 and successfully had their plan approved by the Town Clerk some time back, but he changed his mind after meeting with John Bosco.

He says the church members had had a fight with the tycoon, who tried severally without success to buy their land.

The Town clerk Justine Barekye however, says the church’s plan failed to meet the required Municipal standards.

He says for instance the land was too small for a church and that it is in a residential area, where churches and factories are not allowed.

The RDC Ibanda Ellusto Akatuhewba while speaking at a meeting on the matter, urged the church members to follow the laws and find somewhere else to erect their structure, or they would be arrested.

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