A group of coffin dealers at Kubiri round-about in Makerere Zone 1 in Kawempe Division, have today staged a protest against Pastor Samuel Kakande, the leader of Synagogue Church of All Nations.
The traders brought coffins to the Kakande Ministries head office in Kampala in protest of the church’s decision to divert a water channel while construction a parking space in the area.
Following last night’s rains, running water flooded in the area. Some businesses including coffin dealers lost items. The traders told our reporter that when Pastor Kakande bought the area adjacent to their businesses to construct a parking space, he blocked the water channel.
One of the coffin dealers who declined to reveal his name, said that they wanted to take the coffins to Kakande’s church in protest of his actions. He noted that Kakande had previously wanted to buy the whole place but when one of them refused, he decided to create a scenario that would make it difficult for them to stay there.
Yiga Hamiddu, the Makerere Zone 1 Councillor, told said that he had tried to engage Pastor Kakande but in vain.
He added that about 12 people were arrested trying to express their dissatisfaction. He noted that it is the first time since rains started that water has entered and damaged people’s property.
The protesters engaged police in running battles paralysing traffic along Bombo and Gayaza roads.
Some employees at the church assisted police in arresting the demonstrators by identifying the ringleaders. Some of the church members who spoke said that Pastor Kakande wanted to construct a water way but they abused him and he has since not responded to them.
Pastor Kakande or a member of his church have not commented officially on this story.
– Uganda Radio Network