By Spy Uganda
The Uganda police have finally spoken out about the demolition of St.Peter’s Church in Ndeeba, on wee hours of Monday morning August 10, 2020, leading to the arrest of several police officers and civilians who were involved in the act.
A statement issued by Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango reads in part thus; “Kampala Metropolitan Police is investigating circumstances under which St.Peter’s Church of Uganda, Ndeeba, was demolished this morning disregarding the government directives that stopped all evictions during this COVID-19 period.
Katwe Police Station got information of the demolition at 1am and a team was dispatched to the scene.
Police were not informed about the eviction and demolition, our team found people demolishing the said church and arrested 11 suspects.”
Onyango added that; “The suspects are Kawooya Mohammad, Bbosa Muniru, Kiberu Amza, Mutebi Abbasi, Bulega Ali, Matovu Simon, Kalika Ali, Mujuzi Andrew, Ssekito Badru, Isirinya John and Maruti Bashir and are currently detained at Katwe Police Station for further investigations under charges of malicious damage to properties.
Police impounded two motor vehicles that were recovered from the scene and these are Reg. No. UAY 796N Canter 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. These include:
- DPC Katwe, SP Epedu David
- OC Station Ndeeba Police Station, ASP Mugira Yeko Kato
- Field Force Unit (FFU) Commander KMP/South Region, ASP Isabirye Kaloli and are all 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, by the time of filing this story, the church of Uganda was yet to issue a statement about this unfortunate incident.