Police has arrested three of its officers over failing to provide security to St Peter’s church of Uganda in Ndeeba which led to its illegal demolition by the land grabbers.
The arrested officers have been identified as SP Epedu David the Dpc katwe police station, ASP Mugira Yeko Kato, the OC Station Ndeeba Police Station and ASP Isabirye Kaloli the Field Force Unit (FFU) Commander KMP/South Region.
Patrick Onyango the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson told us that the arrested police officers failed to provide security to church properties which gave illegal powers to land grabbers to demolish the church.
“Our Police Officers were supposed to provide security to Church properties but failed to do so,” says Onyango. He added that they are being charged with neglect of duty.
Onyango also told us that other 11 people were arrested for illegal demolishing and they are being detained at katwe police station. Onyango identified the suspects as Kawooya Mohammad, Bbosa Muniru, Kiberu Amza, Mutebi Abbasi, Bulega Ali, Matovu Simon, Kalika Ali, Mujuzi Andrew, Ssekito Badru, Isirinya John and Maruti Bashir.
The police mouthpiece added that they are being charged with malicious damage to properties as more investigations into the matter are being carried on.
“Kampala Metropolitan Police is investigating circumstances under which St. Peter’s Church of Uganda, Ndeeba, was demolished this morning disregarding government directives that stopped all evictions during this COVID19 period,” adds Onyango.
Onyango added that Police impounded two motor vehicles that were recovered from the scene and these are Reg. No. UAY 796N canter white in color which was loaded with metals and UBG 682Q Tractor/ Engineering plant (excavator).
“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,” says Patrick Onyango
Sources have it that police officers have been guarding the land for several months and no Christian was allowed to access the building.
Several car washing bays, food kiosks, motor garages and a nursery school that occupied part of the land were demolished several months ago.