The Uganda Episcopal Conference has for the second time selected Masaka Diocese to lead the celebrations on June 03rd, 2021 after missing the opportunity last year following the suspension of the celebrations because of the Coronavirus disease outbreak.
The wrangle pits a group of Muslims allied to the Kibuli-based faction and those allied to the mainstream Old Kampala based Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC leadership under Sheikh Shaban Mubaje, the Mufti of Uganda.
The group, Masaka District Muslim Assets Defenders led by Hajj Hussein Matovu has petitioned the court requesting that it overturns the sale of UMSC land, measuring 518 hectares, located on ranch 38A at Bukiragi village, Ntuusi Sub-county in Sembabule district.
The acting UMSC Spokesperson, Ashiraf Zziwa Muvawala communicated the decision while unveiling Sheikh Badru Wasajja Kiruta as the caretaker Kadhi of Masaka Muslim District at a media briefing in Masaka City on Wednesday.
Sheikh Umar Sserunjogi, the Information and Communication Secretary in West Buganda Muslim Region, says the regional leadership has noted that the suspension of Bagunduse and the appointment of Sheikh Kiruta to replace him was done out of the procedure.
Bagunduse has vowed not to vacate office, saying his suspension is illegal. He says that such decisions can only be made by the district executive committee through the Regional Committee leadership, which he says was not done and therefore makes the entire process questionable.
The candidates completed their formal vocation training in 2020. However, their ordination was stayed due to the outbreak of Coronavirus disease-COVID-19 that led to the closing down of all public gatherings that include places of worship.
Just like his predecessors Archbishop Joseph Kiwanuka; -the first African Bishop- and Bishop Adrian Kivumbi Ddungu, Kaggwa’s reign at the helm of Masaka diocese stretched from being a spiritual leader to touch every aspect of human life including those outside his jurisdiction of Masaka diocese.
A circular issued by Reverend Canon Samuel Mwesigwa, the West Buganda Diocesan Administrative Secretary, says that all the 521 Churches in the nine districts under the diocese will remain closed to people with advanced age because of their vulnerability to the coronavirus disease.
James Tumusiime, an author and a strong enthusiast of Traditional African Values, attributes the trend to the gradual breakdown of social-cultural bonds that shaped the behaviours of the ancient society for their common good. He indicates that the African culture treated any form of self-killings, as an abomination that was strongly discouraged by the community.
According to Sserunkuma, the late Damulira who was also the village chairperson gave the Muslim community 15 acres of land to construct a mosque, school and hospital. He however, says the family members started reclaiming the land, which has fueled tension in the area.
George William Ochom, a lecturer of Sociology at Kampala University explains that out of human instincts, a sizeable number of Ugandans have become emotionally charged due to contemporary societal challenges and the perceived social imbalances. He cautions that such a disgruntled group tends to behave weirdly and is capable of becoming destructive to many things including their own life.
According to Mutebi, Nsubuga was the first to be taken from his home at Namaseenene on May 18th by four operatives, two of whom armed. Nsubuga’s mother, Scholastica Nanteza, says her son was shot twice in the leg as he attempted to run to his house.
Masaka Diocese which had been chosen to lead this years’ National Martyrs day prayers preferred to design a special arrangement for students as a response to the spectacular crowds that usually characterize the events.
The Diocese was set to ordain a new set of 18 priests as well as graduating several other candidates to the various orders of priesthood in early august. But the Masaka diocesan Catholic Bishop Serverus Jjumba who by authority performs the ordination ceremony of the priests, says that he is not certain that diocese’s 107th priestly ordination ceremony will take place as planned.
Reverend Father Doctor Edward Ssekabanja, the Masaka Diocese Chancellor says despite the extent damage caused by the accident, the diocese cannot afford to lose the church given its great historical significance to Christianity.
Catherine Nakagiri Kisseka, the Assistant Principal Nursing Officer at Kitovu Hospital has warned that the country is likely to face disturbing figures of child and maternal mortality adverse effects of the lockdown.
Bishop Jjumba was speaking during the celebration of Easter feast, from Our Lady of Souls Cathedral at Kitovu in Masaka Municipality. He emphasized that unlike the Easter celebrations over the years, this time, God has repossessed Easter to assert his authority overall creation.