• Fri Aug 14 2020
  • Those behind Ndeeba church demolition will be punished - Museveni

A businessman, Dodovico Mwanje, has been cited as being behind the demolition
Vision Reporter
Journalist @ New vision
A businessman, Dodovico Mwanje, has been cited as being behind the demolition

Whoever was behind the demolition of St Peter's Church in Ndeeba, Kampala, will face the full extent of the law, President Yoweri Museveni has said.

The President made the pronouncement on Friday morning as he toured the site of eyesore piles of debris that have replaced what was once an eye-catching church.

St Peter's Church was brought down last Sunday night, in what is thought to be a long-drawn land conflict, causing a national uproar.

Museveni asked the State House Anti-Corruption Unit to investigate the matter and together with the Police, have arrested senior Police officers and Kampala Capital City Authority officials thought to be complicit in the matter.

A businessman, Dodovico Mwanje, has been cited as being behind the demolition, laying claim to the land that housed the church.

At the scene, Museveni, who was received by Rev. Augustine Kayemba, the church's vicar general, promised that he is going to intervene and resolve the issue.

President Museveni addresses the crowd that gathered to catch a glimpse of him. PPU Photo

"I am sad about this church incident, but we are going to punish whoever was involved," he said.

Museveni said that even if the church was on the wrong side, all parties should have engaged in a dialogue to resolve the conflict peacefully without having to demolish the church.

"Your people like the judges should have a limit. See what they are doing. Even if the church was wrong, they should have engaged you and negotiated with you instead of putting down the church," said the President.

He said that demolishing a church is a curse and rubbished reports that the government was involved in this incident.

"It is not true that the government broke down the church, that's propaganda. I am a Christian who can't allow this," Museveni said.

He said he would invite the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, the Rt Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, and engage with all parties involved in the conflict to find a lasting solution.

"I am going to call Bishop Luwalira and the land will remain for the church. I have joined this war and we shall build a new church," Museveni said amidst applause from onlookers.

To the groups gathered, the President also reminded them to avoid huddling in large numbers given the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"What you are doing is very dangerous, because Corona will spread easily when you gather like this. I request you to stay home or at your workplaces but avoid gathering," said Museveni.

Rev. Kayemba, who briefed the President about the incident, said those who demolished the church had an order from Justice Eudes Keitirima and were guarded by the Police.

Justice Keitirima's ruling of June 6, 2019, partly states that the Church of Uganda trustees fraudulently acquired the land where the church sits, ordering the cancellation of the title that had been in the names of Bishop Dunstan Nsubuga, Rev Y.S Kitaka, and E Kitaka, who were trustees of Namirembe Diocese on the land.