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Court Defuses Kabigi Islamic Schools Management Wrangles

The application by Hajj Mawanda came after Sheikh Jjemba forcefully took ever the management of the schools last as the trustee of Kabigi Taqua Foundation Limited accusing his sibling of running down the community schools founded by their late father, Sheikh Juma Katungulu. The protracted wrangles between the two brothers put the education of hundreds of learners in danger.

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Masaka High Court has ordered the immediate reopening of Kabigi Mixed Islamic Secondary and Kabigi Taqua primary school in Bukomansimbi district and stopped Dr. Haruna Jjemba, a lecturer at Makerere University from interfering with the school operations. Masaka Deputy High Court Registrar Julius Barore issued the order on Tuesday following an application by Jjemba's brother, Hajj Abdul Jabal Mawanda.

The application by Hajj Mawanda came after Sheikh Jjemba forcefully took ever the management of the schools last as the trustee of Kabigi Taqua Foundation Limited accusing his sibling of running down the community schools founded by their late father, Sheikh Juma Katungulu. The protracted wrangles between the two brothers put the education of hundreds of learners in danger. 

The ensuing dispute frustrated the reopening of the schools for the second term last week. In his ruling, Barore instructed the local security authorities to ensure that Mawanda is reinstated to the school management as soon as possible. He noted that the stalemate was detrimental to the education of over 600 students who are still at home due to the wrangles. 

He indicated that it is important that their rights are preserved by having the schools reopened as the warring parties wait for adjudication of the main suite on the ownership of the property.  The court instructed security to ensure the safety of learners, teachers and school property such that lessons resume and continue uninterrupted.  

Although the schools are government-aided, the apparent stalemate had generated a lot of fear among the teachers some of whom had even chosen to stay away until the situation normalises.  Fred Kalemba, the Bukomansimbi Deputy Resident District Commissioner has described the ruling as a great relief to them as security and the students whose education was being threatened by the wrangles. 

According to Kalemba, although they had resolved to reopen the schools this week the court order has provided them with more basis to mobilize the parents to return their children to the school, adding that they have instructed police to send in personnel to ensure normalcy as the classes go on. 

Sheikh Jjemba has described the order as rushed arguing that it will not heal the schools of the protracted problems that have affected its proper management. He noted that he isn’t satisfied with the interim order and has hope that the main suite will be determined in his favour and for the good of the school, which he wants to redeem.  

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Despite the accusation of maladministration, Abdul Jabal Mawanda also argues his detractors are only business-oriented, which is against the original intention of the schools, which aimed at providing affordable education to the community. 

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