Luweero Kadhis Want Report On Muslim Wrangles Released

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Muslim leaders in Luweero have expressed disappointment with President Yoweri Museveni for failure to release a report on Muslim wrangles in the country.

Muslim leaders in Luweero have expressed disappointment with President Yoweri Museveni for failure to release a report on Muslim wrangles in the country.

Last year President Yoweri Museveni appointed a committee led by Professor Tarsis Kabwegyere to investigate the cause of Muslim wrangles and find lasting solutions after chaos broke out at Old Kampala Mosque, with the Kibuli based Muslim faction accusing Mufti Shaban Mubajje of mismanaging their properties.

In today’s’ Eid prayers, leaders at both Kasana and Luweero mosques complained about what they called a delay to release the report.

Sheikh Musa Kakande, the spokesperson of self-styled Supreme Mufti Zubair Kayongo who heads the Kibuli faction, says that President Museveni tasked the committee to complete the work in two months and they got the extra time to finalise the investigations.

Sheikh Kakande alleges that the committee did its work and handed over the report to President Museveni, but more than a year later, the president is yet to make the report public.

He explains that the Old Kampala faction led by Mufti Mubajje has allegedly already sold 6 out of 23 acres of land at Kasana Mosque in Luweero on top of other properties in Kampala. Kakande says they are worried other properties are also mismanaged and want the report to be released so that they can vote Sheikh Mubajje out of office.

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Kakande adds that because of Muslim wrangles, construction of Kasana mosque stalled and Muslims are divided in the district and country.

At Luweero Mosque, Jamil Mugema says it has now become a habit for President Museveni to set up committees in times of crisis to diffuse tension, but refuse to release their findings. He cited a report on the burning of Kasubi Tombs, school fires, and the murder of Andrew Lutankome Kayiira the leader of Uganda Freedom Movement among others. Mugema says they are waiting for the report or else they will launch on operation to reclaim the leadership of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) and its properties.

Sheikh Umaru Mukasa, who is the UMSC secretary in Luweero, says that they also want the report out so that the truth is known that Mufti Mubajje is not an enemy of Muslims in Uganda.

Abdul Nadduli, the UMSC Vice chairman says he personally appeared before the committee and gave evidence on the wrangles but he is equally disappointed that President Museveni has taken long to release the findings.

The Luweero District Kadhi Khamis Lule says he also has hopes that if the findings are released, they will help to bring out the truth, reconciliation and unity among Muslims.

Efforts to talk to Rose Namayanja, the Minister of Information and National Guidance, over the matter were fruitless, as her phone was off at time of filing this report.

But the Nakaseke Resident District Commissioner Geoffrey Kyomukama, while reacting to demands, defended the delay to release the report saying the President Museveni needs time to study it and  investigate allegations that Muslims are incited by  people abroad.

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Other members of the committee included Hassan Kirya, Hajji Muhammad Kisambira and Faisal Mukasa.

UMSC was represented by Dr Idris Kasenene, the former UMSC secretary general, Hajji Suleiman Musana and Sheikh Anas Ssesimba, the head of Muslim functions and ceremonies. The government team was led by Committee chairperson, Professor Tarsis Kabwegyere, Isaac Musumba, the former minister for regional cooperation and Makerere University Political science Associate professor Yasin Olum.

None of the members could be reached for comment.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.