Recently, the Sembabule district Muslim assembly that directs affiliates to the Old Kampala based Uganda Muslim Supreme Council leased out the land to a private investor at a cost of Ugx 100 million. The land was offered to Rwenzwengye farm enterprises on a 10 year lease.
The disputed land measures 518 hectares, located on ranch 38A at Bukiragi village, Ntuusi Sub County in Sembabule district. It was allocated to the Muslim community by the late president Idi Amin, for their development projects.
However, following the split of the Muslim faith leadership in Kampala over the poor management of Muslim properties, contention emerged on which group has powers to manage the remaining properties across the country.
Recently, the Sembabule district Muslim assembly that directs affiliates to the Old Kampala based Uganda Muslim Supreme Council led by Mufti Mubajje leased out the land to a private investor at a cost of Ugx 100 million. The land was offered to Rwenzwengye farm enterprises on a 10 year lease.
However, the resolution was perturbing to the Muslims loyal to the Kibuli based faction led by Sheik Zubair Kayongo who recently called for the Presidents intervention to end an outstanding land wrangle between them and their old Kampala backed colleagues in Sembabule.
Led by Sheikh Yasin Kakomo, the custodian of Muslim Properties in the greater Masaka region, the group opposed the leasing of the land saying that their counterparts had no powers to effect such a transaction on behalf of the Muslim community over the same ranch.
However, Mufti Mubajje has rubbished the petition saying that the breakaway faction has no powers to manage any Muslim property because they evidently denounced the leadership of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, the legitimate custodian of all Muslim Properties.
Mubajje was meeting Muslim leaders in Sembabule.
He stated that the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council decentralized leadership and split up the original greater Masaka into other districts. Subsequently, the leaders in Sembabule got clearance from Uganda Muslim Supreme council to lease out the land for the benefit of the Muslim community.
//Cue in (luganda), bwetayawula……
Mubajje added that persons against the plan only intend to sound unnecessary alarms and cause infighting in the faith. He calls for a roundtable discussion to end the bickering since such squabbles are against the Islamic principles and abuse its sanity.
//Cue in; muleke….