Irene Nakamatte, the town clerk of Luwero town Council and LC III Chairperson, Chris Johns Buwembo also insists that the market is illegal, saying that those behind it did not consult the authorities before establishing it.
Sheikh Abdallah Ssemambo, the Deputy Mufti of Uganda has commissioned a contested market
on the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) land in Luwero town council. In June
this year, Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Kadhi of Luwero Muslim district offered a part of the 20-acre piece of Muslim land in Kalongo-miti zone near Kasana
Mosque in Luwero Town Council to host a produce market.
Sheikh Mulindwa said
the decision was aimed at generating funds for the Muslim district and protecting
the land from encroachment. However, a group of Muslims allied to the Kibuli
based faction opposed the move citing issues
related to Islamic teachings and the contravention to the strategic plan for
the development of the land in question.
the UMSC was insisting that the market will spur development through among
others contribution to revenue collection and employment given that the land
has for long remained idle, the Kibuli faction argues that some vendors are
bound to abuse it by among others selling alcohol and pork.
The talks between
the rival factions over the dispute have also since collapsed. Irene
Nakamatte, the town clerk of Luwero town Council and LC III Chairperson, Chris Johns Buwembo also insists that the market is illegal,
saying that those behind it did not consult the authorities before establishing
Recently, the town clerk directed the now hundreds of traders to vacate the land
and relocate to already gazetted markets in vain. Now, as the dispute over the establishment of
the market persists, Sheikh Mubaje has cemented its existence. The Deputy
Mufti, Sheikh Abdallah Ssemambo commissioned the market over the weekend on
behalf of the Mufti.
Ssemambo first commissioned the newly built Luwero Muslim District Offices and
did the same for the market. Sheikh Ssemambo explained that his boss could not make it due to official duties. Acknowledging that the market is still being protested
by some parties, he has asked leaders to ensure that this market keeps
developing no matter what.
Luganda//Cue in; "Tufunye wofiisi wano...
Cue out...nti mugalina wano."//
When asked in an interview with Uganda Radio
Network (URN) on why he has commissioned a market, which is still being
contested by the Town Council authorities as they point at legal issues,
Sheikh Ssemambo responded that he has advised the Kadhi to liaise with the
dissenting voices because this is a development worth embracing.
Luganda//Cue in "Nsabye disitulikiti Kadhi...
Cue out...nti ensonga eggwaawo."//
Luwero LCV chairman, Erastus Kibirango, who
also attempted to act as a mediator between the warring factions over this
market before the planned talks collapsed, said there is need to address the
difference for the peaceful existence of this market.