The nominations for a substantive Luwero District Kadhi have been
set after the conflicting parties reached an agreement.
In early 2019, the Luwero District Kadhi Mustapha Lule Khamis was elevated to
serve as Regional Kadhi for Eastern Buganda region.
The Mufti of Uganda Ramadhan Mubajje later appointed Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa
Nsanja to serve as a caretaker until nominations for substantive Kadhi are
However, Asuman Kibirango and Sheikh Umar Mukasa dragged the Uganda Muslim
Supreme Council to Kampala High Court Civil division challenging the
appointment of Mulindwa as caretaker without nomination by District Muslim
The petitioner argued to address the vacuum, the UMSC and Mufti should have instead
appointed the Deputy Kadhi to oversee the nominations and elections under which
one would be picked as substantive Kadhi.
The petitioners also challenged the powers of caretaker to, appoint new county
Sheikhs and causing transfers of teachers in schools before he is confirmed.
But the Petitioner Sheikh Umar Mukasa and defendant Uganda Muslim Supreme
Council represented by the Administrative Secretary Wahab Rugasha has settled
the case through mediation before Jolly Shwanda Nkore, the court accredited
In the consent judgement dated 5th November 2020, the two parties agreed that
the UMSC conducts the nominations and elections for Luwero district Kadhi on
Wednesday 11th November 2020.
The parties also agreed that Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa Nsanja remains as
caretaker until nominations and elections for substantive Kadhi are made. Each
party was also asked to bear own costs of the suit.
Sheikh Umar Mukasa told URN Reporter that he consented to the
judgement because UMSC admitted the mistake of appointing the caretaker without
following the guidelines.
Mukasa adds that they also agreed that County Sheikhs and Councillors who were
in office before caretaker was appointed are only eligible to vote.
Sheikh Nsanja the Luwero District Kadhi welcomed the consent judgement but said
it was spiritually wrong for Muslims to rush to secular courts to settle
Nsanja added that the Luwero Muslim District Council has been
called to organise nominations for the Kadhi and warned that any voter who
intends to disrupt the exercise will be dealt with by Police.
He says that the petition was based on a personal vendetta of some
elements of Muslims who are bitter against them. Nsanja also alleged that one
time the petitioner asked the Court to restrain him from being nominated
something that was rejected.
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Since he was appointed caretaker, Nsanja has instituted several
changes in a move aimed at streamlining the activities.
Among the changes is for County Sheikhs to open up bank accounts
where he is a signatory to ensure that all money collected is banked and used
for rightful purposes.
He also stopped Headteachers of UMEA schools from spending money
at source and asking the district to transfer those who fail to adhere to
these changes made him less popular and its alleged some aggrieved officials
were behind the suit.