Muslim leaders have impeached the Bunyoro-Tooro Muslim Regional Kadhi, Sheikh Muhammad Irumba, accusing him of purported gross misconduct.
A joint session committee of Muslim leaders from Bunyoro-Tooro region impeached Sheikh Irumba after it reportedly found him guilty of a string of accusations leveled against him.
The Joint Session Committee of Bunyoro-Tooro Muslim region (BTMR) comprises Kadhis from districts in the region and their executive committees. The committee is charged with among other things disciplining errant workers under Bunyoro-Tooro Muslim Region.
Sheikh Irumba was mainly accused of allegedly forging a minute of the Regional College of Sheikhs’ meeting in Fort Portal, Kabarole District that he purportedly used in the failed dismissal of the Bunyoro District Kadhi, Sheikh Ashraf Kugonza last year.
Sheikh Irumba was also accused of failing to plan, supervise and oversee the development of Muslim activities in Bunyoro-Tooro Muslim Region using the principles of natural justice as he is obliged to by guideline 3.0.6 of the regional guide on his core responsibilities.
He was also accused of having paid damages to the Imam of Hoima mosque, Sheikh Swaibu Adam Ntegeka who he had unlawfully dismissed without following due process and destruction of the Imam’s house in a court case vide misc cause No.013 of 2020.
The regional Kadhi was also accused of adamantly ignoring his duty to oversee the smooth running of the Regional Council’s organs and committees in the region as required of him under duty 3.1.4 of the regional guide.
He was also faulted for mischievously obtaining documentation to Kyarushesha mosque land in Kikuube district which he wanted to use to obtain a loan with interest from Centenary Bank, Hoima Branch, contravening the Sharia as clearly stated in the regional guide.
When contacted, the chairperson of Bunyoro-Tooro Muslim Region, Mr Abdallah Majid Bagonza, confirmed to this website that Sheikh Irumba was impeached due to numerous complaints levelled against him.
He has been replaced by Sheik Galibu Talib, the Tooro Kadhi in acting capacity until further notice.
Also when contacted, Sheikh Irumba dismissed the allegations levelled against him saying they are baseless and aimed at tarnishing his public image.
He vowed never at any one point to hand over office to anybody saying those who claim to have impeached him “don’t have the mandate to do so”.
Sheikh Irumba was sworn in as the Bunyoro-Tooro Regional Kadhi on February 1, 2019, at Bwikya Hill in Hoima City.
Bunyoro-Tooro Muslim Region comprises Hoima, Kiryandogo, Buliisa, Masindi, Kikuube, Kagadi, Kibaale, Kakumiro, Kyegegwa, Kasese, Kabarole and Kyenjojo districts among others.