The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubaje, in his capacity as the Chairman of the council of presidents said that an observation had been made by the religious leaders and they were experiencing discomfort from the current tension between the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature.
The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) has appealed to
President Yoweri Museveni to ensure that the ongoing conflict between the three
arms of government over funding for COVID-19 activities is resolved amicably.
The call was made during the National Prayers held at State
House, Entebbe on Saturday afternoon. The prayers, led by the Interreligious
Council of Uganda were also attended by President Yoweri Museveni, First Lady
Janet Museveni, Ministers, religious leaders, Members of Parliament, among
The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubaje, in his
capacity as the Chairman of the council of presidents said that an observation
had been made by the religious leaders and they were experiencing discomfort
from the current tension between the Executive, the Judiciary and the
Describing the development as alarming, Sheikh Mubaje called
upon the three parties to ceasefire.
//Cue in; “ceasefire and…
Cue out…friendly fire is.”//
He added that the County has a more crucial battle of
fighting COVID-19 which requires a concerted effort from everyone and therefore a
need for the three arms to focus on it.
//Cue in; “this is a…
Cue out…it, he forgives.”//
The country has for the past few
weeks witnessed bitter exchanges between the three arms of government stemming
from the controversial appropriation of 10 billion Shilling to facilitate
activities by Member of Parliament in the fight against COVID-19. Each MP
received 20 million Shillings.
President Yoweri Museveni said
that by taking the money, the legislators had fallen into a trap. He condemned
Parliament for seeking to divert Ugandans from the current war against coronavirus
by picking the money, an act he said was immoral.
A day after the president’s statement,
a High Court order directed all Members of Parliament to refund monies deposited
on their personal accounts. The decision by Justice Michael Elubu was in response
to a petition by Ntungamo Municipality Member of Parliament Gerald Karuhanga
contesting the manner in which parliament allocated the said money.
But the sentiments from the
President and the judiciary met strong opposition from the Speaker of
Parliament Rebecca Kadaga who interpreted it as a direct attack on the legislature.
Parliament has since passed a resolution condemning statements by President
Museveni about the funds and demanded an apology from the Executive.