Acting director in charge of Physical Planning at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Ivan Katongole has been arrested in connection to the demolition of St. Peter’s Church of Uganda located in Ndeeba, Lubaga Division in Kampala.
According to Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, the KCCA boss, Katongole and three top Police officers knew about the demolition of the Church and did nothing to stop it.
This morning, the public woke up to find the Church which had existed for over 45years in rubbles having been demolished at night following a land wrangle.
Nakalema says that the church was demolished under the watch of some police officers. The arrested officers are; DPC Katwe, SP David Epedu, OC Station Ndeeba, ASP Mugira Yeko and OC Field Force Unit (FFU) ASP Isabirye Karoli.
Lt. Col. Nakalema said that on the night of 8th August, they received information about the planned demolition of the Church and that the President has been brief and he “directed that all public officers involved are held accountable.”
Consequently, Col. Nakalema informed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), who ordered “immediate arrest of all officers involved”.
Ivan Katongole, the acting director of planning at KCCA, was arrested to aid investigations, as he was “aware of the existence of the church and, without considering its side, issued a demolition order”.
Lt. Col. Nakalema has said the permanent secretary of the ministry of lands is working on the details regarding ownership and any other transactions on the disputed land as investigations carry on.