President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit Lt. Edith Nakalema to take action against public servants culpable for the demolition of St. Peter Church which was located in Ndeeba, a Kampala suburb.
“His Excellence the President of the Republic of Uganda has been briefed and has directed that all public officers involved are held accountable,” reads a statement released by the Unit on Monday.
In response to the President’s directive, Lt. Nakalema has arrested three police officers and a Kampala Capital City Authority official who are said to have had full knowledge of the unlawful action of the demolition of the church.
According to ACU, the demolition was carried out under the watchful eye of the DPC of Katwe police, Officer in Charge of Ndeeba Police Station and all officers under them which is contrary to the established procedures of the judiciary, Ministry of lands and Police.
Lt Nakalema said that she informed the Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola who ordered for the immediate action against the officers involved.
She also added that Mr Ochola has also directed the director of Criminal Investigations Department to expedite the investigations with a view to prosecution.
The public servants currently under custody are the DPC Katwe SP David Epedu, OC station Ndeeba ASP Yeko Mugira and the Officer in Charge Foot Force Unit Kampala South ASP Isabirye Karoli.
Also arrested is KCCA’s Acting Director of Planning identified as Ivan Katongole.
“He was aware of the existence of the church and without considering its side, issued a demolition order and he has been arrested to aid in investigations,” the Anti-Corruption Unit disclosed.