Ismael Ibrahim, the site engineer from Ibun Baz Nile Muslim community Development Company denied any wrongdoing, saying that they were only following the design given to them by the mosque management committee. He explains that the project comprises a storied mosque and lockup
A section of
angry Muslims in Busia district have destroyed the foundation of the Shillings
1.3 billion Noor mosque protesting its size. The mosque construction, which
started last week, is funded by Ibun Baz Nile Muslim community Development
Company, a Turkish nongovernmental organisation.
The first phase of the project is supposed to take 3 months. During their
protest on Tuesday, the angry Muslims vowed to block the construction until the
site engineer increases the size of the mosque in accordance with the
initial plan and design released by the management. They want mosque size increased from 50 by 50feet
to 100 by 100 feet so that it can accommodate a big number of believers.
Ismael Ibrahim, the site engineer from Ibun Baz Nile Muslim
community Development Company denied any wrongdoing, saying that they were
only following the design given to them by the mosque management committee. He explains that the project comprises a
storied mosque and lockups.
//Cue in: “Ndi wakampuni y
Cue out:…kye kisenge kye twa bawa,”//
Hussein Kyambadde, one of the Muslims claims the foundation looks like that of a
residential house yet they want a big storied mosque befitting the district
headquarters. He says that they will not
allow the project to continue until the engineer fulfils their demand.
//Cue in: “Bwakuziimba masjid etaali…
Cue out:…kye’kiri mutuluma”//
Issa Bira, another believer says that the materials used to lay the foundation are
of poor quality, which they can’t accept.
//Cue in: “Ogufanana oba
Cue out:…omutayimbwa weguti,”//
Musa Kagechi says that they were surprised to see that the contractor
constructing a small building contrary to what the mosque management told them
prior to the start of the project.
//Cue in: “Omuzikiti ogwaali
Cue out:…aye tini gano,”//
Ali Sempa Omena, the Chairperson Noor mosque says that they have stopped the
construction works until the management committee convenes and considers the
demands of believers.
//Cue in: “Okumala emyaka kumi….
Cue out:..point three
Shiekh Jamir Juma Obandio, the Kadhi Busia Muslim District condemned the worshippers
for destroying the foundation, which cost them millions of Shillings. He says
that there’s need to explain and provide the bill of quantities- BOQ to the
believers to understand the project design.