Museveni joins war over church land

UGANDAN President Yoweri Museveni has expressed his anger at the extensive damage done to a church in the Ndeeba neighbourhood, in Kampala, and promised action against those responsible.

Museveni stopped at the St Peter’s Church, on his way to work, to inspect the damage and talk to the church leadership. The church, built 39 years ago, has been at the centre of a land dispute which goes back to 1981 and has ended in the courts.

The President has also promised that the government would build a new church on the site.

“On my way to work this morning, I passed by the site of St Peter’s Church in Ndeeba that was recently demolished by unscrupulous people. I am saddened by this incident and I give the church assurances that those complicit will be punished.

“I am going to invite the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Luwalira, and engage 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” he said.

Media reports in Uganda say 19 people, including six senior police officers, have been charged and remanded to Kitalya Prison over the demolition of the church.