The Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Rev Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba, finally spoken out on the demolition of St. Peter’s Church, Ndeeba which shocked Christians on Monday morning after a longstanding land wrangle between the church leadership and a city businesses man only identified as Dodovico.
In his statement, Rev Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba, the archbishop of the Church of Uganda, extended his condolences to the people of Ndeeba, whose place of worship was destroyed.
“On behalf of the House of Bishops and all Christians of the Church of Uganda, we express our sincere condolences to the Bishop and people of Namirembe Diocese, and especially those of St. Peter’s Church, Ndeeba,” Kasimba said.
He also revealed that the land had been given to the church as a gift by a lady he only described as “grandmother” who he said had passed on.
“We are grateful that our grandmother, who donated the land for the church, is not alive to see the destruction that has been done to the sacred place she gave as a gift to God,” Kasimba said.
“This barbaric act of destruction is evil. If an action can’t be done in broad daylight, then there is something deeply wrong; we have lost respect for God. This destruction of the House of God took place in the darkness of night during a curfew; and, the security forces, who are supposed to uphold the law and guard against destroyers, were allegedly complicit in the destruction of a House of God,” he said.
“Squatters have rights after being on land for 12 years, and yet St. Peter’s Church has been on that land for 40 years. We call for a serious and impartial inquiry into this matter,” he added.
“During the lockdown, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has not been locked down. Likewise, the destruction of St. Peter’s Church, Ndeeba, will not deter the Church from preaching the Gospel. Jesus promised us that the “gates of hell will not prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ.” (Matthew 16.18)” Kasimba added.
“We stand in solidarity with the Bishop, Namirembe Diocese, and especially the Christians of St. Peter’s Church. Especially during this time of a global pandemic, the church is needed now more than ever. We assure you of our prayers for a peaceful and just resolution to this tragic situation,” he said.