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Hajji Haruna Kasolo Kyeyune, the Microfinance State Minister who represented President, Yoweri Museveni described the late Sheikh Mukasa as a strong pillar that will be missed.

Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa, the former Mufti of the Interim administration at Kibuli Mosque has been laid to rest at funeral that attracted thousands of mourners. Sheikh Mukasa was laid to rest on Thursday evening at his ancestral home in Nalubi village in Mende Sub County in Wakiso district.

The late Sheikh Mukasa died on Thursday morning at unspecified hospital in Bwebajja along Kampala-Entebbe Highway after suffering a stroke. A funeral prayer was held for the late Sheikh Mukasa at Kibuli Mosque in Kampala before his body was transported to Mende.

Hajji Haruna Kasolo Kyeyune, the Microfinance State Minister who represented President, Yoweri Museveni described the late Sheikh Mukasa as a strong pillar that will be missed. "Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa has done a lot for this nation through his services as a teacher and a mufti of Uganda," he said.

He delivered Shillings 10 million as condolence from President, Museveni. Speaking at the same funeral, Prince Kassim Nakibinge asked other leaders to emulate the late Sheikh Mukasa. "Sheikh Islam served and when time came for him to hand over power, he willingly put off the juba and handed it over. Let this be a lesson to the rest of you. When time comes for you to leave, please leave" Nakibinge said.

Professor. Umar Kasule who spoke on behalf of the family hailed their late father for educating them despite fathering more than 50 children. He said "Sheikh gave birth too many of us, I can't say but we are more than 50. However, he educated all of us. We take two major things from him honesty and hard work."

The 2nd deputy Mufti, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa described the late Sheikh Mukasa as an exemplary leader who worked tirelessly for Islam in the country, saying he was instrumental in the improvement of education of Muslims in country. Uganda Muslim Supreme Council held parallel prayers for the deceased in absentia at Gaddafi National mosque at Old Kampala.

About Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa

He was born to Hajj Adam Kasule and Amina Namayanja in 1934 at Kirugaruga Kakiri in the then Busiro County currently Wakiso district. He went to Kisekke and sons Primary School and Mende Kalema memorial School for his primary education.

He stopped in primary six and switched to Katuumu in Luweero in 1950 to concentrate on his religious studies where he graduated as a sheikh in 1960.  He went on to teach at Mende Kalema memorial school, Kiroro Primary, Kayunga SS and Kibuli SS. He also served as the Kibuli county sheikh and Imam of Kibuli Mosque for eight years.

In 1972, Sheikh Mukasa joined Uganda Muslim Supreme Council where he served with all the sitting Muftis with the exception of the incumbent, Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubaje. In 1993, Sheikh Mukasa was elected interim Mufti of Uganda at a Muslim unity conference chaired by retired Supreme Court Judge, Prof. George W. Kanyeihamba in Mbarara district.

However, the late Sheikh Saad Ibrahim Luwemba, the then Mufti of Uganda protested the move challenging the legality of the meeting, which elected Mukasa. As a result, Sheikh Mukasa set up his administration at Kibuli Mosque. The same year Sheikh Mukasa openly clashed with Sheikh Luwemba for a microphone during Independence Day celebrations at Kololo ceremonial grounds.

Apparently, organisers invited the two in their capacities as Muftis at the instigation of some Muslims in government. Sheikh Mukasa served as interim Mufti until 2000 when he handed over to the incumbent Mufti Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubaje after nationwide polls following the death of Sheikh Saad Ibrahim Luwemba.