The Director of Public Prosecutions Jane Frances Aboddo has withdrawn criminal charges of two senior police officers implicated in the demolition of St Peter’s Church Ndeeba in Rubaga Division.
The police officers are David Epedu the Katwe Division Police Commander and Assistant Superintendent of Police Mugira Kato Yeko the Officer in Charge of the Station-OC.
Yesterday, the DPP’s letter was presented to the court presided by Grade One Magistrate Jude Okumu by the Chief State Attorney John Kunya. However, the DPP did not indicate why the case was dismissed.
The police officers were accused of neglecting their duties and conspiring with twenty others to unlawfully demolish the house of prayer. The group was previously charged together with 20 others including businessmen, police officers and officials attached to Kampala Capital City Authority.
Okumu was left with no option but to terminate proceedings against the two police officers.
The state later tendered an amended charge sheet in which it instituted new charges of theft against the prime suspect Dodoviko Mwanje and conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor with the rest of the accused persons.
In the new charges, the State alleges that Dodoviko stole church assorted items valued at approximately 850 million shillings on August 10 2020.END