18 out of 22 People who demolished St. Peters Church in Kampala granted bail of UGX 36m
Makindye Chief Magistrate Court has ordered Dodoviko Mwanje; the man said to be behind the demolition of St. Peter’s Church – Ndeeba in Kampala; and 17 others who applied for bail to pay 2mshs cash before leaving Kitalya government prison; deposit their passports with court; cannot leave Uganda without permission of court and their surities have been ordered to sign a noncash bond of 100mshs to ensure that they return to court on 16th/September/2020 as investigations into their case continue.
The Principal Grade One Magistrate Prossy Katushabe allowed their temporary release on bail saying the State had not presented proof that they would interfere with witnesses or evidence in this case, and that both rights of the Citizens whose Church was demolished and the rights of the accused persons have to be balanced as provided for in the constitution; much as this is a case of a great national importance.
Magistrate Katushabe however assured the public that Surities in this case are substantial and are able to do their role of prevailing over the accused persons and that even their documents have been retained by court on top of the 100mshs bond they have to pay each if any of the accused persons jumps bail.
The 22 suspects who appeared via video conferencing installed at the High court in Kampala are facing charges of conspiracy to commit a felony; disobedience of lawful orders, theft and malicious damage to property.
Dodoviko together with Ivan Katongole a KCCA urban planner accused of having sanctioned the demolition of the said Church; Police Officers who are accused of disobeying lawful orders of Commisisoner of Police Moses Kafeero, which were to over see security deployment at St. Peter’ Church in order to avert any possible demolition; and others are said to have committed the offence between March and August this year,
They have since denied the allegation and they return to court on 16th this month.