Security Relocates Muslim Unity Prayers from Masaka Central Mosque to Nyendo Top story

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However, Linos Ngompek, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner says although Sheikh Mubajje wanted to conduct joint prayers at Masake Central Mosque security has advised otherwise.

Masaka District Security Committee has relocated the Muslim Unity Friday prayers from Masaka central Mosque to Kitenga Mosque in Nyendo to avoid possible violence. Last month, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, the Mufti of Uganda wrote informing Masaka Police about his plans to conduct prayers at Masaka Central Mosque.

He is expected to visit Masaka in the company of Amir Daula Sheikh Sulaiman Kakeeto, the Leader of Uganda Muslim Tabligh Community, Acting Amir Ummah Sheikh Yahya Mwanje and the head of Society for Preaching Islam and denunciation of Innovation and Qadianism- SPIDIQA Foundation Sheikh Mubarak Mugerwa.

The proposed Unity prayers in Masaka follow similar prayers held at the National and Nakasero Mosques in Kampala. The prayers were mooted after Sheikh Sulaiman Kakeeto, Sheikh Mohammad Yunus Kamoga, the embattled Amir Ummah and Sheikh Mubarak Mugerwa agreed to unite under the leadership of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.

However, Linos Ngompek, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner says although Sheikh Mubajje wanted to conduct joint prayers at Masake Central Mosque security has advised otherwise. As a result, they have decided to relocate the joint prayers to Kitenga Central Mosque in Nyendo.

Ngonpek says the decision was reached after some Muslim leaders allied to Kibuli complained against Mubaje's plans to visit the Central Mosque. Sheikh Swaibu Ndugga, the parallel Masaka district Kadhi who controls Masaka Central Mosque says they are uncomfortable with Mubaje's visit at the Mosque because they disagree with his administration. 

He claims that their bosses in Kibuli instructed them not to allow sheikh Mubaje to visit the mosque because they don't believe in his reconciliatory attempts. Sheikh Ndugga explains that they want Sheikh Mubaje to first visit Kibuli Mosque for reconciliation before coming to Masaka Central Mosque. 

Sheikh Musa Lukandwa, a member of Sheikh Mufti Mubaje's advance team says they have agreed to host the unity prayers at Kitenga Central Mosque in Nyendo. He says the Mufti will go to all Mosques around the country that are under Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. Lukandwa explains that the decided to first roll out countryside reconciliatory prayers because that is where majority of Muslims are.

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Sheikh Bruhan Muhammad Bagunduuse, the official Masaka District Kadhi says they have powers to take over Masaka Central Mosque but they do not want violence.

Bagunduuse, who replaced late Sheikh Huzairu Kiruuta as district Kadhi says he was supposed to return to his office but due to violent behavior of Sheikh Ndugga's team he decided to keep quiet.

Masaka High court issued an order allowing the UMSC administration to court Masaka Central Mosque. By the time of filing this story, police had deployed at Masaka Central Mosque ahead of the Friday prayers saying they don't want to be caught off-guard.

In 2009, the late Sheikh Huzairu Kiruuta, the former Masaka district Kadhi was kicked out of office by Muslims allied to Kibuli over old age, alleged incompetence and failure to convene council meetings and his loyalty to the Mufti Sheikh Shaban Mubaje. This sparked off Muslim wrangles. Kiruuta was assaulted when he attempted to return to his office.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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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.