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.
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
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
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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.