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Patrick Wakonye, one of the lay leaders at the church, says following their outcry to the authorities, they have been allowed to reorganize and rebuild the church as the matter is being resolved legally. He says they will reconstruct the church using contributions from willing members.
11 Aug 2020 18:12
The Archbishop at the site of the demolished church.

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Barely a day after the demolition of St Peter's Church in Ndeeba, the parishioners and concerned residents have started reorganizing to restore the house of worship.  

The Church was razed down in the wee hours of Monday morning climaxing four decades of the property wrangle between the Church of Uganda and the joint administrators of the estate of the late princess, Evelyn Nachwa.  

The demolition of the Church building drew emotions from the parishioners, some whom couldn’t hold back their tears. This prompted the State House Anti-Corruption Unit to swing into action and pick up several individuals that had guided the action despite the trail of paperwork allowing the demolition.

 

Patrick Wakonye, one of the lay leaders at the church, says following their outcry to the authorities, they have been allowed to reorganize and rebuild the church as the matter is being resolved legally. He says they will reconstruct the church using contributions from willing members.

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As a sign of solidarity and love for the church, the both the parishioners and residents have started offering they can to ensure that the 45-year history of the church isn’t buried under the debris. Over Shillings 600,000 had been raised by Tuesday afternoon. 

 

The parishioners have already bought a few materials including spades, wheelbarrows, and hammers to embark on the reconstruction works. Wakonye, who says that he has been at the church since 1984, says the demolished structure was built through such contributions.

According to their plans, the parishioners intend to start with the renovation of the priests’ house to allow the servants of the Lord to settle and resume work when the suspension on congregational prayers if lifted.  

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Selected church members have already embarked sorting blocks and other materials under police protection. While touring the site of the demolished church building on Tuesday morning, the Archbishop of Church of Uganda, the Most Rev Samuel Kazimba Mugalu decried the degenerating humanism to an extent that some people no longer respect holy places.  

He cursed all those who were involved in the demolition.  

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However, the church leaders admitted that they lost the battle over the ownership of the disputed land in high court. They claim to have appealed the matter despite their failure to produce a single document proving their claim on the land.  

While approving the demolition of the structure on July 10, 2020, Justice John Eudes Keitirima, noted that once a party is declared the rightful owner of the suit premises and is given vacant possession of the same, they are at liberty to use the land as they so wish.

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