The draft gives powers to the Khadi to appoint the County Sheikh who must also serve a term of five years,’ renewable according to performance. The constitutional review has also introduced the same five year term limit for secretaries serving at both district and county Muslim councils.
Muslim Clerics in Luwero district have supported proposed
amendments that seek to introduce term limits for County Sheikhs and District Khadis
in Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Constitution.
A new draft of the Uganda Muslim Supreme CouncilConstitution
stipulates that a District Khadi and
Deputy District Khadi shall each serve a term of five years,’ renewable
according to performance. It also suggests that to qualify for the
office of Khadi, one must be aged between 35 and 70 and hold a Thanaw
certificate in Islamic studies from a recognized Islamic institution
with and five
years of working experience in Islamic Affairs.
draft gives powers to the Khadi to appoint the County Sheikh who must
serve a term of five years,’ renewable according to performance. The
constitutional review has also introduced the same five year term limit
for secretaries serving at both
district and county Muslim councils.
The proposals were unanimously supported by County Sheikhs and Secretaries who met at Kasana Mosque on Wednesday. Sheikh
Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Luwero District Khadi explained that currently, once
appointed as Khadi at any age, one could serve until he clocks 75 irrespective of his performance.
Mulindwa is optimistic that the proposals will encourage people appointed
in the offices of either Khadi or County Sheikh to perform above self for
the benefit of the religion. He also
noted that it will also resolve some Muslim leadership wrangles.
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the Secretary of Luwero County says that the term limits will also create
competition and selection of best candidates for the positions. Musa
Ssebuufu, from Bukalasa County believes that this is an opportunity to end leadership conflicts witnessed in the past.
the Secretary for Kikyusa County says that the term limits will stop
people from overstaying in positions without service delivery, while Gaddafi
Bachu the Luwero District Secretary says that the term limits will to ensure that people take offices on merit.
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According to the
proposed amendments, the Mufti and Deputy
Mufti shall remain in office for one term of ten years and not exceeding 75 years
of age. Consultations
are on the proposals are still ongoing across the country and after the changes
are ratified, Muslim elections will be held across the positions.
amendments to the UMSC constitution were drafted by a team led by
former UMSC Secretary, Dr Edris Kasenene. Other
members on the constitutional review team are former UMSC Secretary
General Zaid Kavuma, Hajj Sulaiman Musana, Omar Muhammad Wasswa, Hajjat
Ladhiya Namakula Lukwiya,, and Hajj Wahab Rugasa.