The Church Will Retain This Land Says President Museveni

President Museveni addressing the Clergy and the community at the site of the demolished St Peter’s Church Ndeeba on August 14, 2020.

News reaching Wakeupafrica360 from its correspondent in Kampala, Kenya’s capital city, has it that President Museveni has finally said something regarding the demolition of St Peter’s Church Ndeeba which was razed down on Sunday night due to land dispute. This incident left people from all corners of the country talking including the President who finally made a visit to the scene on Friday morning. Other top leaders who had visited the scene include Vice President, Edward Ssekandi, the Kattikiro of Bugabda, Charles Peter Mayiga, Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, the clergy led by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stephen Kazimba, ministers and several other people.

They all strongly condemned the act and called for the reprimand of the culprits involved in the act. The Archbishop during his visit to the site scene urged the government to ensure that the church is reconstructed noting that the demolition of the church is barbaric and an attack on all Christians worldwide. It seem the Archbishop’s intentions could soon be answered as the President while visiting the site scene this Friday morning, August 14, gave the church assurance of government support to rebuilding the church  and also in retaining the land. According to President Museveni, he said and I quote,

I am going to invite the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Luwalira, and engage all parties involved. The bottom line is that the Church will retain this land and we shall build a new church. I have now joined this war, ” He condemned the act and promised to take charge of the responsibility of making sure that those responsible for the demolition are punished. He equally made rubbish to the claim that the government was behind the demolition and urged that such reports should be treated with utmost contempt. According to the President, “Even if the church was in the wrong, ordering demolition was extreme. Dialogue would have resolved this matter. Judges should have limits and understand public interest. Demolishing a church is a curse,”

Going forward, some senior police officers and other suspects have been arrested in connection with the demolition of the church. They were arrraigned before the Makindye Court Magistrate on Thursday and they were also remanded in the Kitalya prison. According to reports, The 45-year old church was demolished in the wee hours of Sunday after losing a court battle in which three people it had registered as the land trustees could not be accepted. The trio were instead considered proprietors of the said land. This was after the wife of the late Bishop Dunstan Nsubuga denied knowledge of the land as ever being the property of her late husband.

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