The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev Dr. Samuel Stephen Kazimba Mugalu has called for a serious and impartial inquiry into the demolition of St. Peters Church Ndeeba in Rubaga Division which was destroyed on Sunday night.
Kazimba reechoed the need for the investigation just hours after President Museveni ordered the head of State House Anti-corruption Unit, Lt Col Edith Nakalema to arrest culprits that included police officers and the KCCA Acting Director of Physical Planning, Ivan Katongole who is said to have issued the demolition permit.
Kazimba, in a statement on Monday night, has extended his sympathy to the Christians and Namirembe Diocese under which the church falls.
“On behalf of the House of Bishops and Christians of the church of Uganda, we express our sincere condolences to the Bishop and people of Namirembe Diocese, and especially those of St Peter’s Church, Ndeeba on last night’s destruction of their treasured building and house of worship. We are grateful that our grandmother who donated the land for the church is not alive to see the destruction that has been done to the sacred place she gave as a gift to God,” said Kazimba.
“This barbaric act of destruction is evil. If an action cannot be done in broad daylight, then there is something deeply wrong. We have lost respect for God. This destruction of the house of God took place in the darkness at night during curfew, and security forces who are supposed to uphold the law and guard against destroyers were allegedly complicit in the destruction of the house of God,” Kazimba added.
Squatters, he noted, have rights after being on land for 12 years, and yet St Peter’s Church has been on that land for 40 years.
“We call for a serious and impartial inquiry into this matter,” he further stated.
Kazimba noted that during the lockdown, the gospel has not been locked, and so, the destruction of St. Peters Church will not deter the church from preaching the gospel.
Quoting Mathew 16:8, Kazimba said the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church of Jesus Christ.
“We stand in solidarity with Bishop, Namirembe Diocese and the Christians of St Peter’s Church.”
During this COVID-19 period, he said, the church is needed more than ever before.