Officers at Wandegeya Division Police Station have no idea what to do with coffins they confiscated from traders who were protesting against Pastor Samuel Kakande last month after they refused to reclaim them.
The furniture, 37 in number, was dumped in Pastor Kakande’s church compound at Kubiri junction in Wandegeya on Gayaza Road after the coffin dealers accused officials of Synagogue Church of all Nations of blocking drainage channels in the area and in the process diverting drainage water into their business premises.
More than 18 people, among them those that claim floodwater was destroying their businesses, were arrested during the protests and later released on police bond.
The Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Mr Emilian Kayima, said police were tired of keeping the coffins since they are occupying space that could be used for other activities.
“We are not ready to keep them anymore. We are still trying to look for the owners of these coffins or the area leaders because we need these coffins carried away from our station,” Mr Kayima said yesterday.
After the protests, a meeting chaired by Wandegeya Police Division commander, Mr Joseph Nsabimana, between Mr Kakande and the traders, agreed to unblock the drainage channel.
Police told Daily Monitor that several attempts to convince the traders to pick their merchandise after the matter was sorted have fallen on deaf ears, and that they think the businessmen fear they could be rearrested once they set foot on police premises.
The area, located slightly in the outskirts of Kampala City, borders Bwaise – an area famed for excessive flooding whenever there is a downpour.
Meanwhile, Old Kampala Police Station is holding two women over impersonating Kampala Resident City Commissioner, Division RCCs and Division Intelligence Security Officers.
Mr Kayima said police arrested the duo from Mackay Plaza following an intelligence tip-off and found them with forged documents bearing stamps of the said persons. Police said the suspect could often stamp on documents of those applying for passports and other travel permits.