Stalled Lira Mosque Turned into Residence

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In short
A multi billion Muslim mosque that was initiated by the former president Idi Amin Dada in Lira town has been turned into residential houses.
The mosque that was directly funded by the late president Amin would accommodate over 5000 people once completed.

A multi billion shillings Mosque started by Iddi Amin, the former President of Uganda in Lira town, has been turned into a residential premise. The mosque was initiated by the late Iddi Amin in 1973 during his visit to Lango Muslim District Supreme Council, where he offered 10 acres of land. The actual Mosque construction work started in 1975.  It was hoped that after construction, the Mosque would accommodate 5000 Muslims. However, following the overthrow of the Amin government in 1979, the Mosque construction stalled. 

Now, some Muslims have taken over the incomplete mosque structure to host their families. Yusuf Kabil, a resident of Lira town says that he has lived in the mosque structure for more than 10 years, while other families have stayed there for more than 20 years. According to Kabil, the structure accommodates about 40 people, most of them Muslims. Rehema Asunta is also a resident in the incomplete mosque structure. Asunta says that as residents they are tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the building in proper hygiene and cleanliness. 

She explains that some Muslims use the mosque structure for their daily prayers, but go to the main mosque for the Friday congregational prayers. Hajji Bashir Ahmed Joha, the Secretary Lango Muslim District Council says their attempt to fundraise funds to complete the mosque have been hampered by wrangles in the Muslim leadership.

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Joha says that Muammar Gadafi, the fallen Libyan leader offered to fund the completion of the Mosque three years ago but his government was overthrown before the construction work could resume. He claims that some people at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Headquarters in Kampala received huge sums of money from the Saudi government to complete the mosque but nothing was done.

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It is not yet clear how much money is needed to complete the Mosque. 


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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.