Addressing journalists shortly after holding his first meeting with the Lango Muslim leaders at Idd Amin Mosque, Sheikh promised to strive for peace in Lango and Northern Region as a whole despite the challenges, which come with leading a disgruntled group.
Umar Sulaiman Lutwama, the Imam of Masjid Abubaker Kanyanda in Makulubita sub-county, says that although the majority of Imams recognize UMSC, founders of some mosques pay allegiance to the rival Kibuli faction.
According to Mpuuga, he is constrained to believe that the investigations were indeed well-intentioned to build unity among the conflicting Muslim factions, owing to the government’s track records in handling similar inquiries that have remained incomplete for years.
In today’s Eid Al-Aduha prayers at the Masaka main mosque, the Muslim clerics led by Sheikh Sulait Ssentongo, the deputy Supreme District Kadhi for the greater Masaka district have complained about the protracted failure of the government to release the report, blaming the failure for the persistent misunderstandings within the Muslim community of Uganda.
While the details of the draft were not divulged as they await discussion and approval by the General Assembly, the highest decision-making organ of UMSC that will convene on July 11th, 2022, the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubajje, said the document is subject to changes if they arise as the assembly is the final arbiter.
Addressing his followers at Masaka City central mosque, Sheikh Galabuzi claimed that the Kibuli-based administration enacted its own constitution, which they will soon unveil to the Muslims under his leadership. He, however, failed short of revealing how the constitution was drafted and whether or not they conducted consultations.
Sheikh Badru Wasajja, the Masaka District Kadhi says the current UMSC constitution which was promulgated in 1986, sidelined the women despite their numbers and proven abilities to provide leadership at the various levels.
According to the guidelines from Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC, the couple is expected to obtain a marriage certificate issued by the presiding imam, which is then authenticated by the Kadhi before it is presented to Uganda Registration Services Bureau-URSB for official registration.
Sheikh Mulindwa has expressed concern that most of them are presided over by his subordinates.
Prof. Paul Bakuluki of Makerere University’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration who was one of the investigators said men had started unpaid care work such as preparing food, fetching water and cleaning whereas their female counterparts are embracing non-traditional roles such as paying for food and meeting costs of health care.
Luwero Town Clerk Irene Nakamatte issued a notice In July directing the District Kadhi Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa to stop operations of the market that was established on part of the 20-acre piece of land belonging to the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. The market was established two months ago by Kadhi Mulindwa at Kalongomiti Zone in Luwero town.
In his sermon during the Eid al-Adha prayers at Masaka main mosque grounds on Thursday, Shiekh Bugembe expressed concern that the covid-19 restrictions coupled with unexpected rise in fuels prices have presented to them tougher times during fasting of the holy month of Ramadhan.
Commenting about the project and women inclusion issues, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa, the 2nd Deputy Mufti of Uganda said while they opened up a women’s desk at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, they have employed males to work there since women are not forthcoming.
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 wrangles climaxed this month when a section of leaders in the Muslim district comprising Masaka and Kalungu drafted a petition seeking to censure Sheikh Burahane Bagunduuse from office Masaka district Kadhi. They accused him of incompetence.
Mufti Menk, a renowned motivational and inspirational speaker and Muslim scholar who lead the Juma prayers the national mosque at Old Kampala today said no single Muslim has a right to take the life of another.