The Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola has promised to provide special security to the Anglican Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira and Catholic Archbishop of Kampala Cyprian Kizito Lwanga amid sprouting threats on their lives.
This was announced following a meeting IGP Ochola – in the company of Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Commissioner Frank Mwesigwa – had with the two clergy separately.
Police spokesman Mr Emilian Kayima confirmed the meeting to a local news daily saying Ochola’s visit to the religious leaders was to assure them of security.
“While meeting Archbishop Lwanga, the IGP promised to investigate people that are following him. He also promised him security to ensure that the incidents that happened never reoccur,” Mr Kayima said, according to the Daily Monitor.
On Sunday, this website reported about that Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira survived an attack while conducting Easter prayers.
The detained suspect, identified as Kaddu Herbert (35), a resident of Makay Zone Rubaga, aggressively aimed for the Bishop with a huge stick, but was blocked off by the structure that leads to the altar, then quickly arrested by security operatives and ushers.
Although reports later purported that Kaddu had no intentions of harming the bishop, and that he sought healing from evil spirits that keep harassing him, he was remanded to Luzira by the magistrate at Mwanga II Magistrate’s Court, Mr Julius Mwesigye on Wednesday to allow the state complete its inquiries.
Mr Julius Mwesigye said that on the said date and place, “Mr Kaddu voluntarily caused a disturbance to an assembly lawfully engaged in the performance or religious worship at Namirembe Church.”
Archbishop Lwanga on the other hand accused security agencies of hiring priests to spy on Catholic Church leaders.
Local sources report he received telephone calls from anonymous people threatening to harm him if he continues criticizing the government.
Mr Kayima said the IGP promised Bishop Luwalira and Archbishop Lwanga that he will beef up security at St. Paul Cathedral at Namirembe and St Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga to prevent reoccurrence of such cases, According to the Daily Monitor.