Three Police commanders in Kampala have been arrested for their involvement in the overnight demolition of St. Peter’s church in Ndeeba.
The officers who were arrested for facilitating this illegal demolition are Katwe Division Police Commander David Epedu, Ndeeba police OC Mugira Kato as well as Kaloli Isabirye, a police field unit commander.
The Church was reportedly razed down by bailiffs who had protection from armed police.
Christians and locals woke up this morning to a heap of rubble in the place where the church stood over the past 40 years.
This land had reportedly been contested between the Church and a city businessman who intends to set up a mall.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango says the police officers were arrested because “they were supposed to provide security to Church properties but failed to do so”
The development comes just weeks after Minister of Lands Hon Betty Kamya explicitly banned the practice of conducting evictions in nigh hours.
Among the guidelines issued by the minister last month, eviction or demolition can only be carried out between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm and no evictions shall be carried out over the weekend, during court vacation or on a public holiday.
Meanwhile, another 11 persons were arrested at the scene.
These are; Kawooya Mohammad, Bbosa Muniru, Kiberu Amza, Mutebi Abbasi, Bulega Ali, Matovu Simon ,Kalika Ali, Mujuzi Andrew, Ssekito Badru, Isirinya John and Maruti Bashir.
“They are currently detained at Katwe Police Station to help with investigations. The suspects are charged with malicious damage to properties, “said Onyango.
“Police impounded two motor vehicles that was recovered from the scene and these are Reg. No. UAY 796N canta white loaded with metals,UBG 682Q Tractor/ Engineering plant (excavator).”