City businessman Dodoviko Mwanje and the Field Force Unit-FFU Commander for the Kampala Metropolitan Police South Region Martin Adero have been summoned to appear before the Grade One Magistrate Court in Makindye over the demolition of St Peter’s Church in Ndeeba.
Dodoviko and Adero join 17 others who appeared before Grade One Magistrate Jude Okumu, on Thursday, in a session held between 6:30 p.m. and 7: 20 p.m. During the session however, the State Attorney Jacqueline Akao noted that Dodoviko and the commander had evaded arrest, yet they are key, to the case.
Court also heard that Mwanje, Adero and four senior police officers, between March 20 and August 10, 2020 conspired to illegally demolish St Peter’s Church Ndeeba, a property of the Church of Uganda.
These include; the Kampala Metropolitan Police FFU commander Rashid Agero, Katwe District Police Commander David Epedu, The Officer in Charge of Ndeeba Police Station Mugira Yeko Kato, and Isabirye Kaloli, an officer attached to FFU-Katwe.
The police officers were also charged with disobeying lawful orders when they disregarded orders issued by the Commissioner of Police Moses Kafeero to deploy guards at St Peter's Church Ndeeba and avert any possible demolition or destruction of the said Church.
Meanwhile, two other police officers; Assistant inspector of Police Anthony Kiro and Corporal Richard Kasule together with 11 civilians were charged with malicious damage and theft of church property.
The civilians, mostly casual laborers, who were found at the scene include Kawooya Mohammad, Bbosa Muniru, Kiberu Amza, Mutebi Abbasi, Bulega Ali, Matovu Simon, Kalika Ali, Mujuzi Andrew, Ssekito Badru, Isirinya John and Maruti Bashir. They all denied the charges.
Their attempts to secure bail through their lawyer Joel Allan Kabona were also rejected because of the time at which the session was held. They return to the Court on August 24.
Prosecution says that they are still investigating circumstances under which St. Peter's Church was brought down in the middle of the night.