School Dispute Revives Masaka Muslims Wrangles

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The latest dispute stems from a decision by Masaka Municipality Education Department to disband the school management committee led by Hajji Bruhan Lugemwa on ground that it was illegally constituted.

A dispute over the management of Bwala Muslim Boarding Primary School has revived wrangles between Muslim factions in Masaka district.

The latest dispute stems from a decision by Masaka Municipality Education Department to disband the school management committee led by Hajji Bruhan Lugemwa on ground that it was illegally constituted.

Municipal officials noted that the committee which comprised of members who had no attachments to the school in addition to being illiterate. This, according to former Masaka Town Clerk Joseph Kimbowa, affected their capacity to manage the school which also led to declining standards.

Lugemwa, a Muslim attached to the Kibuli-based Muslim faction, was replaced with Hajji Adam Kitenda. Other appointees include Hajji Abubakar Gainamungu, Yusuf Kisekka and Janat Kalanzi, who all pay allegiance to the mainstream wing based in Old Kampala.

However reports emerged that following his dismissal, Hajji Bruhan Lugemwa did not handover some of the school properties under his possession. He also reportedly disappeared with land titles of three school plots saying he could not handover to persons involved in the mismanagement of Muslim properties.

Hajji Lugemwa is backed by Sheikh Swaibu Ndugga, the parallel Masaka district Kadhi in arguing that the appointments were erroneous.

However, Hajj Abubakar Gainamungu, one of the new members of the School Management committee says the appointments were made by Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, the school's founding body and therefore cannot be in error.  Gainamungu who was the school head teacher between 1980 to the early 1990s says the school performance is dwindling due to poor management and squabbles.
 
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Hajj Isma Ssesimba, the Spokesperson of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council in greater Masaka region says they have notified police to secure the school and protect the school properties.
 
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Innocent Ahimbisibwe, the Masaka Town Clerk says the current school management committee was legally constituted on the advice of Solicitor general. He has advised sheikh Ndugga and his team to desist from extending religious differences to service delivery.

 

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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.