When Sheikh Mulindwa turned up, he asked Kibirango to suspend the meeting on grounds that he wasn’t invited formally and that it had been hijacked by Muslim leaders who pay allegiance to Kibuli who were mobilized to fight the establishment of the market. Mulindwa also blasted Nadduli for usurping his roles as district Kadhi before storming out of the meeting in protest.
convened to resolve disagreements over the establishment of a market on land
belonging to Uganda Muslim Supreme Council in Luwero town has ended prematurely
following the decision of the District Kadhi to walk out.
held at Luwero Girls' Primary School was supposed to discuss conflicts between
Muslims and Luweero town council authorities resulting from the decision by Sheikh
Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Kadhi Luwero Muslim District to offer part of the 20-acres
of Muslim land to vendors of agricultural produce.
Luwero District LC V Chairperson, Erastus Kibirango invited Abdul Nadduli, the Vice-Chairman of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, District Kadhi Sheikh Ramadhan
Mulindwa, town clerk Irene Nakamatte, LC 3 Chairperson, Chris Johns Buwembo and
leaders of the Kibuli based faction to the meeting.
However, when Sheikh
Mulindwa turned up, he asked Kibirango to suspend the meeting on grounds that
he wasn’t invited formally and that it had been hijacked by Muslim leaders who
pay allegiance to Kibuli who were mobilized to fight the establishment of
Mulindwa also blasted Nadduli for usurping his roles as district
Kadhi before storming out of the meeting in protest. He told URN later that the
market will continue operating at all costs and asked the town council
authorities to stop interfering in Muslim affairs.
//Cue in: “Hajji Nadduli…
Cue out;…Muslim district,”//
//Cue in: “Ndaba ba Kibuli…
also decided to eject Denes Sekabira, the Katikamu North Member of Parliament
who had come to attend the meeting asked Nadduli insisted that only Muslim
leaders and town council officials discuss the matter. Shortly after Sekabira’s eviction, vendors
besieged the meeting protesting what they called unfair treatment of their
John Masereka, who led the vendors, said those who stayed behind in the meeting
were biased against them, adding that they didn’t expect a fair discussion. Masereka
said that the Kadhi allocated them space to erect stalls in good faith, arguing
that it would be unfair for the leaders to block the move.
// Cue in: “Ffe obudde buno…
A team of police officers under the command of the District Criminal
Intelligence Officer, Alex Emoloit rushed to the school and calmed the vendors
before the leaders agreed to suspend the meeting. Chris Johns Buwembo, the Luwero town council LC 3 Chairperson, said that the protests
were uncalled off and accused politicians of inciting the vendors.
criticized Sheikh Mulindwa for disrespecting fellow leaders and intolerance. He
insisted that the town council has not authorized the establishment of the
market on the said land and asked vendors to join gazetted markets.
//Cue in: “Leero tubadde….
Erastus Kibirango, the Luwero District LC V Chairperson said that he was forced
to suspend the meeting till Monday next week because of the Kadhi’s decision to walk out, saying that they didn’t want to discuss the matter in his absentia.
Nadduli, the Vice Chairman of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council declined to comment
on the matter, saying that he will do so after their next meeting. He, however,
backed the calls by members of the Kibuli faction that the vendors be evicted
from the land on grounds that it may compromise their faith.
The leaders argue
that it may be difficult to stop vendors from selling non-permissible stuff
like alcohol and pork on their land if they are allowed to operate there. In
2017, Luwero town council attempted to relocate the weekly market to the same
land drawing protests from a section of Muslims.