Heavy Deployment as Mufti Visits Lwengo

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Ahead of his visit, over 100 anti riot policemen have deployed and sealed off the mosque. Other policemen have deployed around Kyazanga town council to quell likely clashes instigated by Masaka Muslim faction leaders led by Yasin Kakoma who are opposed to his visit.

There was heavy deployment this afternoon at Kyazanga Salaam mosque in Lwengo district during the visit of Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubajje, the Mufti of Uganda. Police deployed heavily to block Muslims opposed to the leadership of Sheikh Mubajje from disrupting his visit to the area to popularize the forthcoming nationwide elections of Muslim leaders. About 100 anti riot police officer sealed off the mosque and started screening whoever was accessing it.

A group of Muslim youths dressed in white tunics and black shades also manned the entrance to the mosque and checked whoever was entering in. Jonathan Baroza, Lwengo district police commander says they decided to deploy to stop a group of Muslims opposed to sheikh Mubajje from causing chaos. He says the security committee decided to advise Sheikh Ahmed Muweesi to welcome Sheikh Mubajje from Salaam Mosque. Baroza also warned the rival faction led by Yasin Kakoma to desist from causing violence or risk being crashed.

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Abbas Kanakulya, one of the Muslim Leaders in Lwengo accused the faction allied to Sheikh Zubair Kayongo, the parallel mufti of starring violence. He says that they asked the faction members to reconcile with them to end hostilities but they refused. But Sheikh Ismail Musisi, Chairperson, of the rival faction says that they cannot negotiate with Mubajje’s group because they are thieves. Musisi claims that they opposed Mubajje’s visit to their mosque because they have information that he plans to sell off the mosque land.

URN could not independently verify this claim. Ahmed Muweesi, Lwengo district Kadhi denies the allegations. Muweesi defends the visit of the mufti to district saying that he is the elected leader of Muslims in Uganda and head of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. Adding that, Mubajje is free to conduct Juma prayers in any mosque in the country. Over 400 Muslims turned up for the prayers amidst tight security.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.