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Security Arrests Two Sheikhs in Luwero

According to Sheikh Mulindwa, the operatives later released Sheikh Segujja, his wife and mother. He, however, says that Sheikh Ssemwanga is yet to regain his freedom
22 Nov 2021 09:41
Sheikh Muhammad Ssemwanga. Photo by Luwero District Khadhi Shekh Ramadhan Mulindwa Nsanja

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Unidentified security operatives have picked up two Muslim Clerics in Luwero district for unknown reasons. Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa Nsanja, the Kadhi of Luwero Muslim District has identified the clerics as Sheikh Swaibu Segujja, the Assistant Secretary for Zakat under the Luwero Muslim District, and the Imam of Butanza Mosque in Katikamu Sub-County.   

The other is Sheikh Muhammed Ssemwanga, the Imam of Lusenke Mosque in Wobulenzi Town Council and teacher at Lugo Orphanage at Lukomera in Katikamu Sub-County and Rashid Ibn Warid Islamic Primary School in Wobulenzi Town council. Sheikh Mulindwa quotes eyewitness, saying the two were picked up Sunday afternoon by heavily armed security operatives traveling in an omnibus alias ‘drone’.   

The operatives first raided the home of Sheikh Segujja in Butanza village in Katikamu Sub-County where he was picked up along with his wife and mother. They later raided Kituntu village in Nakaseke district where they picked Sheikh Ssemwanga from his farm.

According to Sheikh Mulindwa, the operatives later released Sheikh Segujja, his wife and mother. He, however, says that Sheikh Ssemwanga is yet to regain his freedom. Sheikh Mulindwa notes that he visited Sheikh Segujja recounted his arrest shortly after his release indicating that he was grilled about what he does for a living.  

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When asked in a text whether he has reported the matter to the police, Sheikh Mulindwa told URN that: “At 11. Am I will visit Luweero Central Police to inquire about the ongoing abduction of Imams.” Isah Ssemwogerere, the Savannah Regional police publicist asked for time to consult on the matter. 

“Let me find out from CPS and see if they are aware of the incident.” The arrest of the two clerics comes days after the shooting of Sheikh Muhammad Abbas Kirevu. The senior Muslim cleric in Makindye Ssabagabo Division, Wakiso district was killed at his other home in Katereke-Nsangi, Kyengera Township on suspicions of running a terror cell.  

Ahamad Kyamanyi, Kirevu's deputy Imam, who was found at the home of the deceased, told URN that security operatives raided the deceased’s home after midnight, arrested his family members, and inquired about Kirevu's whereabouts. He was later arrested, handcuffed, and shot purportedly while trying to flee, a narrative the deceased’s family has outrightly dismissed as false. 

They insist Kirevu was murdered in cold blood after being handcuffed. Sheikh’s Kirevu’s shooting has drawn angry reactions from the Muslim community accusing state security of engaging in extrajudicial killings. In his Friday summon at the National Mosque, Sheikh Ali Shiuyo, the second deputy Imam called on state security to act professionally and stop targeting Muslims. 

He said it is unfair for state security to blame every murder or crime on Muslims without subjecting the suspects to due process of the law. "Even our Christian neighbors are worried about our lives. Immediately after the Kampala twin bomb lasts, my Christian neighbors came and sympathized with me, saying we know they are going to start arresting Muslims again," he said. 

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