President Yoweri Museveni on monday ordered the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit Lt. Edith Nakalema ensure that all public officers who could have played part In the demolition of St. Peter Church Ndeeba are arrested and charged.
The land, on which the 40 year old church building sits, is under contestation between the Christians and, a businessman identified as Dodovico.
“His Excellence the President of the Republic of Uganda has been briefed and has directed that all public officers involved are held accountable,” reads a statement released by the Unit on Monday.
The public servants currently under custody are the DPC Katwe SP David Epedu, OC station Ndeeba ASP Yeko Mugira and the Officer in Charge Foot Force Unit Kampala South ASP Isabirye Karoli.
Also arrested is KCCA’s Acting Director of Planning Ivan Katongole.
‘ ‘He was aware of the existence of the church and without considering its side, issued a demolition order. he has been arrested to aid in investigations,” a one page letter signed y Lt. Edith Nakalema reads In part.
The officers under custody are said to have had full knowledge of the unlawful action of the demolition of the church.
40-year-old old church building was demolished on Sunday night.
The building was demolished after a longstanding land wrangle between the church leadership and a businessman only identified as Dodovico.
Police officers have been guarding the land for several months and no Christian was allowed to access the building.
Earlier the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese, Rt Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira has described the demolition of St Peter’s Church Ndeeba as sad and unfortunate. He assured the Christians that those behind this act of seeing the church out of that place will be known in broad day light.
“Out of this, I have no doubt that the person behind this act of seeing the church out of that place will be known in broad day light. It was done at night but that person will be known. I want to encourage you brethren, fear Him (God) who can destroy the body and soul but don’t fear those who can only kill the body,” he said.
“Much as they have done this, I trust that they will not kill the love and commitment of Christians. It is my prayer that the (culprits) lives will never be the same,” he added.
— Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema (@edthnaka) August 10, 2020