Bunyoro Kadhi And Others Investigated For Inciting Violence

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Police is investigating top Bunyoro Muslim officials including Sheikh Musa Babanja, the Hoima district Kadhi for inciting violence. The investigations stem from a talk show aired on Liberty Radio on Thursday last week in which the Kadhi and five others appeared as guests. It is alleged that during the talk show the group mobilized Muslims to turn up in big numbers to block Sheikh Zubairi Kayongo, the Kibuli based supreme Mufti from visiting Bwikya Mosque. On May 16, Sheikh Kayongo, the Supreme Mufti of the Kibuli based Muslim faction visited Hoima and was slated to attend Juma prayers at Bwikya mosque.
The Mosque is the headquarters of Bunyoro Muslim District Supreme Council, which is under the leadership of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, based at Old Kampala national Mosque. Kayongo was blocked by security from visiting the mosque after a group of Muslims backed by the district Kadhi protested his visit. Lydia Tumushabe, the Albert region police spokesperson has confirmed the investigation but declined to give details. She says giving details now could jeopardize their investigations.

Sheikh Musa Babanja, the Bunyoro Muslim district Kadhi declined to comment and instead referred URN to Sheikh the secretary Badru Balikagira. Sheikh Balikagira says none of the people who participated in the radio talk show has been summoned by police so far. Balikagira also downplays allegations that the district Kadhi's group incited violence while on radio.

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But Patrick Byamukama, a talk show host on Liberty FM says he was summoned to Hoima police station on Wednesday and spent about three hours recording a statement. Byamukama who hosted the group says he was questioned on what statements his guests made while on air and was directed to avail police a copy of the recordings.

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Kayongo’s visit to Bwikya was on invitation of the Mosque executive in protest of what they say is Mufti Mubajje’s failure to attend to their concerns. Bwikya Muslims are demanding a transfer of the mosque land title name from Uganda Muslim Supreme council to Bwikya Muslim community. They also accuse Mubajje of allocating their Imam’s house to the district when he visited the mosque two months ago.

This has now seen a rift between the Bwikya group and the Bunyoro Muslim district council led by the district Kadhi and his supporters. On Friday, police deployed at Bwikya mosque as the group loyal to the district Kadhi and Uganda Muslim Supreme council was scheduled to attend Juma prayers there. Police feared a clash between the two rival groups.