Government has taken action against those who illegally demolished St. Peter’s Church of Uganda, Ndeeba.
The accused were Thursday produced before court and charged with disobedience of lawful orders, conspiracy to commit a felony and theft.
They were remanded until 24th August 2020.
Among them is Acting KCCA Director Physical Planning, Mr. Katongole Ivan and three police officers: DPC Katwe SP Epedu David, OC Station Ndeeba Police Station ASP Mugira Yeko Kato and Field Force Unit (FFU) Commander KMP/South Region ASP Isabirye Kaloli.
Other 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.
Saleh denies being behind saga
Meanwhile, Gen Salim Saleh, the coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), has denied involvement in the demolition of St Peter’s Church.
Gen Saleh was addressing a group of Anglican Bishops at National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) headquarters in Kawanda, Wakiso District.
He asked the public to keep him out of land evictions and grabbing in Kampala.
“I don’t have any property in Kampala, the only one I have is the one in Mbuya, a house. I sold everything in Kampala….when I was chased from the army. The house in Mbuya is still there because my wife stopped me [from] selling it. I am in Kapeeka, [but] I am hearing Saleh, you are grabbing church land, am I mad [ to do that]?” Gen Saleh is quoted by Daily Monitor asking.
“In the name of God. I want to swear to you that I am not involved in breaking churches… That is crazy for one to think that Saleh can break a church. Those saying so don’t know me,” Gen Saleh said.
The House of Bishops led by the Archbishop Stephen Kaziimba visited the NARO offices in Kawanda to discuss OWC with Gen Saleh and other government officials.
The bishops asked government to give them Shs50 billion to facilitate church projects across the country.
Gen Saleh said he had Shs60 billion budget for all the faith-based organisations in the country but awaits approval from the Finance ministry.
The church also asked for 37 tractors for all the dioceses across Uganda, 37 milling machines, protection and securing of church land.
“I always hear people saying that Saleh, the President, Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) and others being involved in the grabbing of land. These people just hide behind these names and they shall be got and brought to book. I want to assure you that I can never destroy a church,” Gen Saleh said.
Additional reporting by Daily Monitor