Political Speeches Disrupt Eid-El-Fitr Prayers in Masaka

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Although official prayers were due to start at 9am, speeches by the various leaders continued beyond 10:30am evoking protests among faithfuls who accused their leaders of disrespecting Eid prayers. Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga was delivering a speech at the time of the unrest.

Eid-El-Fitr prayers at Masaka main Mosque this morning degenerated into chaos as believers protested prolonged Political speeches.

Although official prayers were due to start at 9am, speeches by the various leaders continued beyond 10:30am evoking protests among faithful's who accused their leaders of disrespecting Eid prayers. Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga was delivering a speech at the time of the unrest.

Other leaders who had already addressed the congregation include Masaka Resident District Commissioner Joe Walusimbi, Joseph Kalungi, the former district chairman and Jude Mbabaali, the current District Chairman.

Protestors were shouting on top of their voices ordering Muslim leaders to stop Mpuuga from talking further. Efforts by the District Kadhi Sheikh Swaibu Ndugga to dissuade them were futile as they threatened to walk out of the Mosque.

Sophie Nakamatte, one of the protestors said they had gone to the Mosque for prayers, and expected spiritual talk as opposed to politics.

A similar incident happened during Eid Adhuha prayers, last year, when angry Muslims walked out of President Yoweri Museveni under the same circumstances.  They accused him of wasting their time politicking.

However, Sheikh Swaibu Ndugga, the Masaka district Kadhi used this Eid prayers to ask RDC Joe Walusimbi, to remind President Yoweri Museveni to fulfill his pledges for communities in Masaka.

He listed a personal house for the District Khadi and a Bus for the family of late Ali Kamul, the proprietor of Gaso Transporting services limited, the pioneer bus company in Masaka. The president promised to compensate the family after one of their buses was set ablaze during the 2009 Kabaka riots in Nateete-Kampala.

RDC Walusimbi used the celebrations to warn against corruption saying no stone will be left un-turned in the struggle to wipe out persons implicated in theft of public funds.
 
 

 

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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.