Police arrest 11 suspects including DPC Katwe SP Epedu David, and OC Station Ndeeba Police Station ASP Mugira Yeko Kato in relation to St. Peter’s Church demolition.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police station has arrested up to 11 suspects concerning the demolition of St. Peter’s Church of Uganda in Ndeeba.
On Monday morning, news broke out to the public about a group of unknown people who had spearheaded the demolishing of the 49-year-old church located in Ndeeba.
This was not well received by a section of many devoted Catholics who were seen crying and in deep sorrow upon glancing at the pieces from their memorable building.
However, police have released a statement confirming the arrest of up to 11 individuals who are believed to have involved themselves in the act.
According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango, the suspects identified by Abbasi Mutebi, Ali Bulega, Simon Matovu, Mohammad Kawooya, Bbosa Muniru, Amza Kiberu, Ali Kalika, Andrew Mujuzi, Badru Ssekito, John Isirinya and Bashir Maruti have been detained as further investigations commence.
Onyango explained that the Katwe Police Station received the news about the demolition of the memorable St. Peter’s Church at around 1.00 am and immediately, dispatched a team of officers to the scene to have proper clarification.
‘’Katwe Police Station got information of the demolition at 0100 hours and a team was dispatched to the scene. Police were not informed about the eviction and demolition. The team found people demolishing the church and arrested 11 suspects.
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,’’ Onyango’s statement read adding that they are currently being detained at the Katwe Police Station to help with the investigation.
‘’The suspects are charged with malicious damage to properties. Police impounded two motor vehicles that were recovered from the scene and these are Reg. No. UAY 796N canta white loaded with metals, UBG 682Q Tractor/ Engineering plant (excavator).’’
Onyango also, said that part of the arrested group were four police officers who were supposed to be manning the area but they failed to do as required and as a result, they are charged with offences among others neglect of duty.
“The four officers include; DPC Katwe, SP Epedu David, OC Station Ndeeba Police Station, ASP Mugira Yeko Kato, Field Force Unit (FFU) Commander KMP/South Region, ASP Kaloli Isabirye,”
Meanwhile, Onyango issued a strong warning to all those planning to evict people off the land during this COVID-19 period that they risk being arrested and detained.
‘’We want to warn the general public who are planning to evict people during this period of COVID19 that they risk being arrested and charged in courts of law if they go ahead with their intentions.’’