The bishop of Namirembe diocese, The Rt Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira has expressed dismay at the demolition of St Peter’s church, Ndeeba.
The 40-year-old structure was razed under the cover of darkness, purportedly over a longstanding wrangle between the church leadership and a businessman only identified as Dodovico. For several months, the building was guarded by police.
“Today [Monday, August 10) we woke up to a disheartening development about the demolition of the church in Ndeeba...very unfortunate for an issue which has been handled since 1981 to conclude in such a manner. It hurts all of us and in a special way the Christians of St Peter’s Church Ndeeba,” the bishop said in an audio statement issued Monday.
He added that the beauty of the church structure was a clear manifest of the effort Christians invested in putting up the magnificent church, which was razed within minutes. Sadly, he added, callous people took advantage of the night curfew to erase the church history.
He appealed to Christians to continue focusing on God and take note of the trying times during which evil is being dignified. Bishop Luwalira said the act will not destroy the belief of the people.
Luwalira said land grabbers all over the country should rethink their actions. He assured Christians that the Church will not be derailed from spreading the gospel.
In a statement issued Monday, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said police opened an investigation into the demolition of the church and three police commanders were arrested.
They are David Epedu, the Katwe divisional police commander, Mugira Yeko Kato, the officer in charge of Ndeeba police Station and Isabirye Kaloli, the Kampala Metropolitan South Region Field Force Unit (FFU) commander. According to Onyango, the officers have been charged with neglect of duty.
And eleven other suspects were also arrested in connection with the incident. They are Mohammad Kawooya, Muniru Bbosa, Amza Kiberu, Abbasi Mutebi, Ali Bulega, Simon Matovu, Ali Kalika, Andrew Mujuzi, Badru Ssekito, John Isirinya and Bashir Maruti.