Kampala Metropolitan Police is investigating circumstances under which St. Peter’s Church of Uganda, Ndeeba, was demolished this morning disregarding government directives that stopped all evictions during this COVID19 period.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, Katwe Police Station got information about the demolition at 0100 hours and a team was dispatched to the scene.
Onyango says police were not informed about the eviction and demolition as the practice is.
“The team found people demolishing the said church and arrested 11 suspects” he said.
Onyango idetifies the suspects as Kawooya Mohammad, Bbosa Muniru, Kiberu Amza, Mutebi Abbasi, Bulega Ali, Matovu Simon ,Kalika Ali, Mujuzi Andrew, Ssekito Badru, Isirinya John and Maruti Bashir.
He says these are currently detained at Katwe Police Station to help with investigations. The suspects are charged with malicious damage to properties.
Police impounded two motor vehicles that was recovered from the scene and these are Reg. No. UAY 796N canta white loaded with metals,UBG 682Q Tractor/ Engineering plant (excavator).
We have also arrested Police Officers who were supposed to provide security to Church properties but failed to do so.
1. DPC Katwe, SP Epedu David
2. OC Station Ndeeba Police Station, ASP Mugira Yeko Kato
3. Field Force Unit (FFU) Commander KMP/South Region, ASP Isabirye Kaloli
They are being charged with neglect of duty.
We want to warn the general public who are planning to evict people during this period of COVID19 that they risk being arrested and charged in courts of law if they go ahead with their intentions.
However, the archbishop of Namirembe diocese, Rt. Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira in deep sorrow says, the people behind the demolition are protected by the power of the gun but assures Christians that the culprits behind this will be known.
Luwalira also reminds believers that these are times of challenges to the church but are short lived. But says God is great even more than the people who are attacking the church.
They can demolish the church but can’t erase the spirit of belief from the Christians in the country. Says Luwalira.
In reference to the bible, Luwalira reminds us of Stephen’s stoning with the people who were stoning him were not graced with the grace of the lord just like Stephen was. And asks theose who were involved in this act to repent and get back to God.
Reports reveal that the demolition of the church is paving way for the construction of a commercial building in the same area.