Police officers arrested over church demolition

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Police say they have arrested three of their own and eleven others over the demolition of St Peters Church in Ndeeba, Lubaga division in the wee hours of Sunday night.

The officers arrested have identified as ; 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. They are being charged with neglect of duty.

In a statement released by the Kampala Metropolitan Spokesperson Patrick Onyango the Police said the demolition was done in disregard of Government directives that no demolition or evictions were supposed to be carried out during this COVID-19 period.

“Police were not informed about the eviction and demolition as the practice is. The team found people demolishing the said church and arrested 11 suspects.” reads part of the statement.

“We have also arrested Police Officers who were supposed to provide security to Church properties but failed to do so,” the statement continued.

The others arrested were Kawooya Mohammad, Bbosa Muniru, Kiberu Amza, Mutebi Abbasi, Bulega Ali, Matovu Simon ,Kalika Ali, Mujuzi Andrew, Ssekito Badru, Isirinya John and Maruti Bashir.

On Monday morning, police officers were deployed on the site as residents couldn’t help but gathered and angrily watched over the demolished building.