District Police Commander (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 have been arrested following the demolition of St. Peter’s Church of Uganda, Ndeeba.
SP Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson said that the trio is charged with neglect of duty.
He revealed that other 11 suspects were also arrested on charges of malicious damage to properties.
“The 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,” he said.
Police have also distanced themselves from the demolition of the church which was put down during the curfew hours on Sunday at around 11 pm.
The Church of Uganda alleges that the house God was demolished by a group of unknown people guarded by the Uganda Police and Army.
According to the Church of Uganda, it is rumoured that the land is to be taken over by an investor who intends to replace the house of God with a hotel.
However, Onyango said that they are investigating circumstances under which it was demolished “disregarding government directives that stopped all evictions during this COVID19 period.”
“Police were not informed about the eviction and demolition as the practice is,” Onyango said in a statement.
Onyango said that the suspects are currently detained at Katwe Police Station to help with investigations.