The Muslims who congregated at Kibuli Mosque in Kampala today have
applauded the Judiciary for having banned examinations on Eid days in future
saying that children will now have time to celebrate such significant religious
holidays in prayers.
The expression of gratitude was led by by Dr Abdul Hafiz Walusimbi a Lecturer at
Islamic University in Kampala as he led Eid El Fitr preaching at the
On May 11th, 2021, a panel
of five Constitutional Court Justices led by Justice Fredrick Egonda Ntende
issued a permanent injunction restraining the Uganda National Examinations
Board-UNEB from conducting examinations on any
day coinciding with any of the relevant Muslim religious holidays like Eid Adhua
or EID El Fitr in future.
The order followed a successful petition filed in 2013 by two
Muslims Sadiki Kakaire and Suleiman Isotah Magumba against UNEB and its then
Chairperson Fagil Mandy.
These noted that
the actions of UNEB to organize national examinations on days that coincide
with Eid Adhua and Idd El Fitr muslim
religious holidays was unconstitutional.
As a result, the court agreed with the petitioners and restrained UNEB from conducting any exams on EiD. According to the Justices, if UNEB makes a time
table for exams and some of them mistakenly coincide with any Eid day, such exams should be
postponed to another date.
Walusimbi, this was a very important land mark decision to the Muslim fraternity
and the Judiciary should be commended for that.
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The Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago who
also attended the prayers, noted that the decision by court was long overdue.
Lukwago said even when he was doing
his Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (Senior six examinations) many
years ago, he also recalls sitting for exams on Eid and as such he failed to attend
He said it was very absurd for their kids
to sit for such examinations on important days like on Eid adding that they are always declared as
public holidays by the government.
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prayers were attended by thousands of people, in violation of the standard
operating procedures put in place by the government to
prevent the spread of Covid-19 which has killed over four hundred persons in the country
and over three and a third million across the world.