On Monday, National Unity Platform leader Robert Kyagulanyi ana Bobi Wine sent a message of solidarity and commiseration to His Grace, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda after the destruction of St. Peter’s Church of Uganda, Ndeeba.
He said injustice against one is injustice against all.
He said a desecration of the Holy place happened as criminals in police uniform demolished St. Peter’s Church in Ndeeba, Lubaga Division.
The Bible says in Proverbs 29:2 that “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people mourn.”
“Sadly, our country is being ruled by an evil and insensitive lot of people. They are insensitive and callous. They have allowed mafia gangs to wreck havoc everywhere, and now they have reached the House of God,” he said.
He added: “We have consistently told the nation that as long as there is this breakdown of the rule of law, everyone will suffer. They have refused people to converge for prayers and now this is what is happening.”
“Countrymen and women, we must all come together and embark on the job of rebuilding our nation.”
On behalf of the National Unity Platform, Bobi Wine stood in solidarity with the body of Christ in Uganda following this desecration of unimaginable proportions.
“One day, which I believe will be soon, we shall be able to sing the song in Psalm 126:1 “When the Lord returned the captives of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Then our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with shouts of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
Former Security minister and presidential aspirant Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde said it was sad that this country has lost compassion and morals, where even those that are employed to ensure law and order abuse it with impunity.
“This is both a legal as well as a moral issue, where a place of worship that has occupied land for 49 years is demolished under the cover of darkness, aided by our own police.”
According to Tumukunde, this country needs to be redeemed and renewed.
“I condemn this, and other such acts in the strongest terms.”
Besigye speaks out
A public apology to the country by the entire (criminal) system that destroyed the Church + full and immediate restoration of the Church at the (joint) personal cost of all persons directly responsible, according to opposition figure Kizza Besigye.
“Meantime, we continue to pray for our country.”
Besigye said first it was a long established St. Peter’s Primary School that was demolished in March this year; now, the iconic 50-year old St.Peter’s Church has followed.
The intervention of Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago since March hasn’t been able to save the situation.
The Church went down under the heavy guard of the Uganda Police Force and other Security personnel during curfew hours, when people were confined to their homes.
“There’s an incorruptible Judge above all our judges and powerful leaders.”
He said the case of this vandalism will certainly be heard and justice dispensed.
“Meantime, ARTICLE 3 of Uganda’s Constitution imposes a duty on all Ugandans to do everything in our power to end abuse of power and impunity in Uganda.
NO, NEDDA; ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”
The government maintains that St. Peter’s Church Ndeeba is the legal owner of the contested piece of land where the church was demolished.
According to the Lands Minister Beti Kamya, the 1995 Constitution protects the church as a bonafide occupant since the church has been on the land for over 40 years, and processes have already commenced canceling the title that was issued to a one Dodovico.