Kabale Muslims Reject Abrupt Fundraising Drive On Eid

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Muslims in Kabale district have rejected a proposal by their leaders to raise money during Eid prayers.

Muslims in Kabale district have rejected a proposal by their leaders to raise money during Eid prayers.

The Muslims who had turned up for prayers at Kirigime Main Mosque in Kabale Municipality on Thursday, instead walked away saying the proposal by their leaders was abrupt. Some of the Muslims had to pray from outside the Mosque as it could not accommodate all of them.
Kabale District Kadhi Sheikh Kabu Lule urged Muslims to remain committed to the practices of Islam which they have been doing despite the month of Ramathan coming to an end.

However, as the prayers approached the end, Hajji Abdul Nsamba, the chairperson of the Construction Committee at the Mosque moved in and asked them to spare some more minutes and participate in a fundraising exercise aimed at raising over 10 million shillings. The money is meant for completing the female section of the mosque. The pending works on the mosque include cementing the floor and working on the ceiling.

The announcement was, however, not welcomed by the Muslims who accused their leadership of being disorganized and trying to hijack Eid celebrations to raise money yet there was no prior communication to enable them prepare adequately.

 Hajji Abdul Nsamba pleaded with the Muslims and also went ahead to contribute 100,000 shillings as he opened the fundraising but they told him off. In the end, only 500,000 shillings was raised by mainly the leaders.
Nsamba later told URN that it is true he had not informed the Muslims about the fundraising.

Yusuf Twegumyemu, one of the Muslims who walked away said it was unfortunate that the Leadership of the Muslim Community attempted to hijack the Eid prayers so as to raise money.

He also linked the act to the existing divisions among the Muslims over the position of the district Khadhi Sheik Kabu, whose installation drew protests from a cross section of Muslims.

Some of the Muslims had fronted Sheik Kassim Kamugisha who they refer to as more experienced and a son of the area.

Badru Biryomumaisho, the treasure for Ndorwa Muslim County accepts that the confusion was caused by the leaders themselves, who denied some of the Muslims a platform to speak and raise their concerns.

The chairperson for Ndorwa Muslim County, Bashir Nsenga told URN that since the Muslims have rejected today’s fundraising, the leadership will go back to the drawing board and organize a formal fundraising to raise funds for the construction of the Mosque.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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