A new rift has emerged at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council pitting the Mufti, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, against the Deputy Chairman, Ahmed Wadrif.
The rift stems from disagreements over a new chairman for the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, a post that was held by Hassan Basajjabalaba.
Hassan Basajjabalaba was suspended from the post, on grounds that he failed to complete work on the UMSC perimeter-shopping complex at Old Kampala.
A special general assembly, convened on July 17th to decide on the new chairman, hit a dead end after the members failed to endorse Dr. Abdukadir Balonde as the new chairman, to replace Hassan Basajjabalaba.
Now drama over the post unfolded this week when Ahmed Wadrif, who claims to be holding the post of chairman, called a general assembly scheduled for December 1, and yet the Mufti also plans to convene another meeting late this month.
Both meetings have the same agenda- to fill the vacant post of chairman at the Uganda Muslim Supreme council.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, from Arua, Ahmed Wadrif admits that he called a general assembly meeting to decide who the next chairman of the Uganda Muslim Supreme council should be.
Earlier, another council member, Abbas Mugisha, filed a civil suit at the High court in Kampala challenging the authority of Dr. Abdukadir Balonde in trying to convene a meeting of the Joint Session on November 13 and an Executive meeting on November 14.
Mugisha sought a court injunction stopping the two meetings on grounds that they were illegal. He explained that the council could not conduct any business until the general assembly pronounces itself on the UMSC chairman.
Mugisha however describes the current stalemate as a small misunderstanding between the members of the general assembly.
The Mufti of Uganda has also down played the disagreement, and promised to sort out the impasse during a meeting he plans to convene later this month.