Mufti of Uganda, His Eminence Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubaje has criticized the distribution
of the covid-19 relief cash by the government.
This was carried in his address during Eid Aduha prayers at Gaddafi National
Mosque in Kampala. Moslems today across the world celebrate Eid Aduha also
referred to as the Festival of Sacrifice which is one of the most important
festivals on the Muslim calendar.
The day is used to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his
son when God ordered him to and the Muslims instead slaughter different animals
and a third of the meat is eaten by the family offering the sacrifice while the
rest is distributed to the poor and needy.
“We thank the government for putting in place measures to assist the vulnerable
by giving them cash this time. The cash has not impacted the people…the
needy. We desire that this is reversed,” said Mufti Mubaje.
He instead advised the government to procure food and deliver it to the
households like it was done in last year. He said that cash has
hardly reached the vulnerable Ugandans compared to food distributed earlier.
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Mubaje also criticized the police for stopping well-wishers from distributing
food to starving households. He said instead of blocking them, they should be guided
to ensure that the food is distributed in accordance with the Covid-19 SOPs.
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On Monday, the Police Spokesperson Fred Enaga banned the
distribution of food to vulnerable people during the lockdown on grounds of
contravening standard operating procedures (SoPs) and quality of
Mufti appealed to Ugandans to continue following the Standard Operating
Procedures- SOPs to ensure that the spread of Coronavirus is stopped.
“Now we know how Covid-19 infects the person and how to keep away from the
infection…so it is upon ourselves to chase away Covid-19. Let’s not place
blames on individuals but let’s control ourselves. We shall overcome this
situation,” he said.
Mubaje also urged Ugandans to embrace the vaccination exercise.
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The Government on July 8th launched the distribution of 100,000 Shillings
Covid-19 relief cash to vulnerable Ugandans affected by the 42-day lockdown
announced by President Yoweri Museveni to interrupt the spread of coronavirus.
Information from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development
indicates that the government has so far given out 29 billion Shillings of the
Covid-19 relief cash to vulnerable persons affected by the current lockdown.
By Monday 19th July, out of the targeted 501,107 household beneficiaries,
500,900 had been entered into the system and only 207 were yet to be uploaded.
Data indicates that of the uploaded beneficiaries, 289,327 names had been
verified, cleared and sent to Post Bank for payment and out of this, 278,595
had been paid by Monday.
However, 87,603 names submitted to benefit from the 100,000 Shillings cash out
had been rejected due to different inconsistencies. Some of the reasons for
rejection are phone numbers found not to be registered with Telecom Companies,
unregistered, and registered in different names among others.
The Second Deputy Mufti, Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa appealed to
Muslims to always demonstrate total submission, commitment to God and love to
“We have all been exercising fasting; we have been charitable, thinking of
others. This kind of thing must be strengthened to build our country. We need
to be respectful to our systems…governance systems. That even if there is
something wrong, you ought not to use a wrong method thinking that you will
correct the wrong thing,” he said.
Sheik Waiswa also preached against the use of aggression and forceful measures
like not allowing suspects to be produced in court to be heard.
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He emphasized the need to respect the commandments of God and appealed to
Ugandans to avoid murder, faking of essential commodities and drugs, indecent
dressing and other vices.
Sheik Waiswa told Ugandans to have their country at heart and
always think beyond quick wealth and other earthly things. He said that by
doing this, God will eliminate the Covid-19 pandemic and allow people to go
back to their normal lives.