UMSC moves to resolve standoff among Muslims in Bunyoro

Second Deputy Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa during the meeting.

The Second Deputy Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa, has embarked on the task of resolving wrangles in Bunyoro Muslim region as assigned by the management committee of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC).

Mr Waiswa led a delegation from the UMSC headquarters to Bunyoro where the regional Kadhi, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Irumba, district Kadhis and other Muslim leaders received them.

Comprising the UMSC Secretary-General, Ramathan Mugalu, the Secretary religious affairs Muhammad Murshid Luwemba, administrative secretary, Wahab Rugasa and Secretary for Halaal, Munir Sebintu, the delegation paid a courtesy call on the Hoima Resident City Commissioner (RCC), Samuel Kisembo Araali who, flanked by top security officials, and briefed them about the security concerns at Hoima town mosque.

Mr Kisembo said the Muslims were threatening violence because of various administrative grievances of maladministration against the Bunyoro-Tooro Muslim Kadhi, Dr Irumba.

It was also noted that a big number of Muslims had been mobilised by one of the warring factions to attend the prayers in disregard of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) against the spread of the Covid-19.

During the meeting, Mr Mugalu outlined the genesis of the problem dating back to the 1990s when a group of radical Muslim youth started grabbing property belonging to UMSC in major towns across the country, asking the government to help UMSC repossess its property in line with the UMSC constitution.

Mr Waiswa said he intends to name a committee comprising all stakeholders to investigate the root cause of the wrangles among Muslims in Bunyoro with the view of finding a lasting solution.

“Be patient as you pursue the challenges you’re now facing. By the time Mufti Mubaje joined UMSC, it was in a sorry state where the employees were not paid salaries. He was taken to court but has managed to register progress that includes regaining the property of UMSC which had been grabbed for years,” said Mr Waiswa.

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