KAMPALA – The chief coordinator of the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) programme, Gen Caleb Akandwanaho, alias Salim Saleh, has dismissed claims that he is behind the demolition of St Peters Anglican church Ndeeba in Kampala.
Addressing the House of Bishops on Wednesday, 12 August 2020, Gen Saleh said he would have no interest in church property, saying that he respects God.
“I swear before you in the name of God that I am not involved in the church demolition issues,” he said.
Several media reports have been alleging that Gen Saleh acted under Dodovico Mwanje, the man behinf the razing of a 45-year-old Anglican Church on Sunday night.
But the President’s younger brother said the public has been trading baseless rumours and has not allowed him to respond to the allegations.
He was meeting the Anglican Bishops during an engagement on wealth creation. Gen Saleh said government would pump Shs50 billion in Operation Wealth Creation projects for the bishops.
Initially the land on which the church was seated was registered in the names of Evelyn Nachwa and she willed on August 2, 1980 that her son John Kajoba would take it over.
The church had been on the said since 1981. In 2007, the children of Nacwa raised concern over their mother’s land.
In the church’s defence in court they acknowledged that Nacwa was registered owner until March 3, 1981 but the ownership later shifted to the church.
But on June 6, 2019 High Court judge Mr Eudes Keitirima ruled that the Church of Uganda trustees fraudulently acquired the land where the demolished church sits.