By Desire Ninsiima
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni yesterday passed by the site of St Peter’s Church in Ndeeba that was recently demolished by unscrupulous people.
The Head of State was saddened by this incident and has given the church assurances that those complicit will be punished. “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. Also, ignore reports of those claiming the government demolished the church.
I am going to invite the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, and engage with all parties involved in this conflict to find a lasting solution.
The bottom line is that the Church will retain this land and we shall build a new church. I have now joined this war. “ Museveni said.
He also noticed large groups of people gathering in Ndeeba as he inspected the site. “This is wrong. Avoid crowding in light of the Covid-19 pandemic that we are grappling with.”
Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga also earlier in the day visited the site and said the Kingdom will protect the traditional water well on the church land which he emphasised is a heritage monument.
Former State House media aide Joseph Tamale Mirundi on Thursday while on a local station attacked a section of the clergy whom he accused of selling off the land to a Kampala Businessman causing legal battles that resulted into the church demolition.
Religious leaders continue to trek to the site and vow to rebuild the church amidst controversy.