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Luwero Clerics Back Proposed Term Limit for Khadis, County Sheikhs

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.
Luwero district Kadhi and County Sheikhs with copies of the drafted constitution of UMSC

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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.

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.  

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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Cue out….for others.”// 

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Cue out…ebirala  ''//

Swaibu Kande, 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.

Ibrahim Walulya, 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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Cue out…tabitegera bulungi.”//

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.

The 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.

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