By Mable Nakibuuka
Kampala: The head of the State House Ant-Corruption Unit Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema has started executing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s campaign to arrest and expose all those involved in corruption.
On Monday August 10, 2020, Lt. Col. Nakalema arrested three senior police officers and a director at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCAA) over allegations that they were behind the dubious demolition of St. Peter’s Church Ndeeba, which had been in existence for over 45 years.
The arrested police officers and the KCCA director, according to Nakalema, knew that the demolition of the church was illegal and was subjected to a land suit but went ahead and allowed it to be carried out, which is total negligent of their duty.
Nakalema revealed in a statement about the matter thus;
“ Ladies and gentlemen.
On the night of 8th August 2020, we received information that St. Peter’s Church of Uganda Ndeeba, which had been in existence for over 45 years, was being demolished under the watch of some Police Officers
His Excellence The President of the Republic of Uganda has been briefed and has directed that all Public Officers involved arc held accountable
We have so far established as follows-
I. The demolition was carried out from about 10:00Pm on the night of 8th August, 2020 with full knowledge of DPC Katwe, OC Station Ndeeba and all Officers under them contrary to established procedures and guidelines of the Judiciary, Ministry of Lands and Police.
I informed the IGP who has ordered for immediate arrest of all Officers involved and has also directed D/CID to expedite the investigation with a view to prosecution.
Among those so far arrested are the DPC Katwe- SP Epedu David, OC Station Ndceba- ASP Mugira Yeko and OC Field Force Unit (FFU) ASP. Isabirye Karoli.
2. KCCA’s As Director Physical Manning – Mr Katongole Ivan, aware of the existence of the Church and without considering its side Issued a demolition order and he has been arrested to aid investigations.
The Permanent Secretary’ Ministry of Lands is working on the details regarding ownership and any other transactions on the disputed land as investigations continue.
We promise the leadership of the Church of Uganda and the entire body of Christ that all those found culpable will face the law.”