Mukiibi carried the pigs, one by one as he handed them over to the respective beneficiaries. He defended his action, saying that as a leader he had to lead by example and ensure the pigs reach the right people.
Ahmed Nyombi Mukiibi, the Kalungu LCV Chairman is under fire from the Muslim community in the district for flouting Islamic principles. Trouble for Mukiibi
started when he was seen physically handing pigs to beneficiaries under the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) program at the district headquarters in Kaasabale
village on Monday.
Mukiibi carried the pigs, one by one as he handed them over to the respective beneficiaries. He defended
his action, saying that as a leader he had to lead by
example and ensure the pigs reach the right people.
noted that as a politician
it was okay to demonstrate to his electorate that he serves people of different religions, adding that development should not be impeded by religious beliefs whatsoever. Earlier on Mukiibi highlighted the value of pigs to the agricultural sector and food
//Cue in; “Ebisolo kyekimu…
Cue out…omulundi gumu.”//
He appealed to the
beneficiaries to protect the
pigs jealously since animal theft is common in the district especially as the Christmas season
//Cue in; “Ekisooka abafunye…
Cue out….tutambula burungi.”//
Whereas his supporters cheered him and applauded his
action, the distressed Muslim community has castigated the act saying it was not
only a violation of Islam principles but also an insult.
Sheikh Badru Wasajja
Kiruuta, the Kadhi Kalungu
District and former Imaam of Mariam Mosque in Lukaya town council, says that it is an abomination to touch and eat
pork in the Islamic faith. He says Mukiibi went too far by touching the swine
knowing that it was forbidden in the Islamic faith.
Sheikh Kiruuta says that initially some
Muslims had applied for the pigs through the OWC but they cautioned them
against yearning for the pigs, saying it contravenes
Islam. According to Sheikh Kiruuta, they intend to summon Mukiibi to explain why he carried the pigs yet he is one of the top Muslim figures in the
“Much as it is a government project, he would have called someone else to
carry them during the distribution,” he said. However, Rashida Nanziri, one of the Muslims in the area
says that what Mukiibi did was inappropriate when it comes to the Islamic faith but as a politician, there is no
big deal for him since he wanted to please his supporters. Mukiibi is not the first Muslim politician to
court trouble for distributing pigs.
The former Luwero LC V Chairperson, Abdul
Nadduli made headlines during his first tenure for openly distributing pigs as
part of poverty alleviation programs. He drew wide condemnation from Muslims
both in Luwero and other parts of the country.