Bukomansimbi Mosque Vandalized as Muslims Clash Over School Ownership

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However, on Tuesday, Jjemba’s group launched a fresh attack and vandalized a mosque that has been serving both schools. The group shattered all the window panes and broke the doors to the mosque.

Studies have been suspended at Kabigi Takuwa Islamic Foundation and Kabigi Islamic Institute in Bukomansimbi district as violent clashes over the ownership of the schools between rival muslim groups entered the second day today. Both schools sit on a seven acre piece of land in Kabigi village in Butenga sub county. Haruna Jjemba Katungulu, a Makerere University Lecturer manages Kabigi Takuwa Islamic Foundation  school while his brother Hajji Asuman Jjunju manages Kabigi Islamic Institute.
The two brother have been feuding over the land, which hosts both schools. The conflict climaxed on Monday after Jjemba’s group raided Kabigi Islamic Institute and started evicting pupils who had turned up for the opening of the third term but were repulsed by Jjunju’s group leading to deadly clashes prompting police to intervene and restore order. However, on Tuesday, Jjemba’s group launched a fresh attack and vandalized a mosque that has been serving both schools.

The group shattered all the window panes and broke the doors to the mosque. Aggrey Twesigye, the Officer in Charge of Bukomansimbi police station says they swung into action to quell the clashes. He says three suspects he identifies as Musa Obua, Baker Kawuki and Musa Mugerwa are being being held in connection to the raid on the mosque. Jjemba claims he owns the  land on which the two schools are found and wants to manage both of them adding that, he has titles proving his ownership. On the other hand, Asuman Jjunju accuses Jjemba of grabbing their family land.
According to Jjunj, the disputed land belongs to the entire family but Jjemba wants to personalize, a thing they will not tolerate. Jjunju accuses Jjemba of conniving with Masaka district land board to secure land titles for the family land without their consent. Mukasa Kityo, the Bukomansimbi RDC says he is investigating the clashes. He also says he has notified Prince Kassim Nakibinge, a close family friend to the two brothers to intervene in the matter.

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Afuwa Namutebi, a parent in Kabigi Islamic Institute accuses the two brothers of failing to address their family problems amicably, which she says is affecting their children. According to Namutebi her two children are now stuck at home because of the dispute.
 She also accuses the two leaders of setting a bad example for their children. Muhammad Kateregga, the Bukomansimbi LC5 Chairman has condemned the attack on the Mosque. He says he wonders why Muslims could vandalize a place of worship. Kateregga says the district has blocked Jjemba from evicting pupils from Kabigi Islamic Institute.

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By the time of filing this story, Police had taken over the management of Kabigi Islamic Institute. Prince Kassim Nakibinge is expected to meet the two warring brothers later today to try and resolve the dispute.


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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.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

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.