By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Church of Uganda seems to have only remained with hope in their God for the justice of their demolished St Peter’s Church Ndeeba after the the alleged commander for its vandalism, yesterday secured a court bail and as we report is moving freely despite unhealed disappointed hearts of Christians.
It should be remembered that previously President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni visited the site where the Church was demolished and assured that those who geared up the demolition of God’s house will be punished by the courts of law adding strong warnings to Judges to have limits before making some judgements and cautioned them about gratuitous bails and police bonds.
“I am saddened by this incident and I give the church assurances that those complicit will be punished. Even if the church was in the wrong, ordering demolition was extreme. Dialogue would have resolved this matter” President said.
Despite president’s cautionings, yesterday all accused persons appeared via video conference before Makindye Chief Magistrate Prossy Katushabe from Kitalya minimum prison following a bail application that had been submitted by lawyers on the last sitting saying the offences for which they are charged for are bailable which court approved and bailed them.
Among the bailed included; Dodviko Mwanje, the KCCA acting director for physical planning Ivan Katongole, Ali Mukwaya, Giso Ndeeba, and the Field Force Unit-FFU Commander for the Kampala Metropolitan Police South region Martin Adero among other police officers.
However, Christians who had attended the court proceeding broke into tears as the court granted bail to their alleged Church demolishers.
The Christians revealed that Dodoviko Mwanje and police officers who escorted his evil acts that has since left them in endless tears, there was no need for the magistrate to feel mercy for their highest degree of criminality that caused unmeasurable pain to the christianity fraternity.
“Am much disappointed that someone who led the Christianity fraternity into tears has not slept even a month in prison. The court has released him on bail, i wonder where the magistrate has got sympathy for such a criminal with his group.This is the first stage of vanishing of our case just like we have seen other cases that have flopped over such bails,” one of the Christians who were seen at court in sorrows said.
In the same vein, eight people who had been hired and subsequently arrested for demolishing the above church shed tears after being told that their remand was extended after Court bailing those who commanded them to commit the act.
The eight whose remand was extended included; Badru Ssekitto, Hamuza Kiberu, James Kisirinya, Abasa Mutebi, Ali Kalika, Simon Matovu and Andrew Matovu were the first to be arrested. They were subsequently arraigned in the court on August 13 and remanded to Kitalya prison.
Whereas Dodoviko and the other persons applied for bail through their lawyers, the ‘hired gang’ were helplessly observing the proceeding from prison via video conferencing with many seemingly ignorant about the process.
The state represented by Nakato Lydia had objected to the application on grounds that the matter was in the public interest and that some of the accused might fail to report to the court.
However, Katushabe over-ruled the the argument on grounds that there was no affidavit on the court file to substantiate the allegations hence the accused securing a bond of two million Shillings in cash while their sureties a non-cash bond of 100 million Shillings before the magistrate adjourned the matter to September 16.