DPP ordered to speed up investigations in Ndeeba Church demolition case
Makindye court principle grade one magistrate Prossy Katushabe yesterday ordered the Director of Public Prosecutions – DPP to speed up investigations into the case involving demolition of St. Peter’s Church Ndeeba Kampala on the night of August 9, 2020.
This follows application filed by defence lawyers led by Max Mutabingwa asking court to dismiss this case saying there is no offence against the accused persons especially when key suspect Dodoviiko Mwanje is the owner of the disputed land.
The Defence lawyers are also worried about the arrest and detention of their colleague Ambrose Tebyasa (was released from Central Police Station-Kampala yesterday Monday, September 28,2020) after being arrested for allegedly participating in the civil matter that gave rise to the demolition.
Prosecutions Noah Kunya had asked for a month to conclude investigations claiming the accused persons who were granted bail are tampering with the evidence; but he presented no proof to his claim and the magistrate gave DPP up to 13th October 2020 to conclude investigations and have the matter fixed for hearing so that it can be expeditiously resolved.
22 accused people, who all denied the charges included; 7 police officers, an urban planner attached to Kampala Capital City Authority – KCCA and Dodoviiko Mwanje who is the registered owner of the disputed land.
Dodoviko together with Ivan Katongole, a KCCA urban planner are accused of having sanctioned the demolition,7 police officers are accused of disobeying lawful orders of commissioner of police Moses Kafeero because they were deployed at the church to avert possible demolition, and other accused, all said to have committed the offence between March and August this year.