“An interim order of injunction is hereby issued against the respondents, their agents, employees, officials, assignees, and all persons acting on their instructions restraining from carrying out any/and or conducting functions and or activities of and/or on behalf of the UMSC…,” reads the January 10th, 2023 order.
There was tension at the Uganda
Muslim Supreme Council- UMSC headquarter at Old Kampala Thursday when a group of
Muslims led by Hajji Abdu Kiyimba went to serve an injunction stopping the
Mufti, his agents, and employees of the council from conducting any business on
behalf of UMSC.
The group was initially
stopped at the UMSC gate leading to a standoff but they were eventually allowed
in. The order stems from an order issued by the Registrar of Mengo Chief
Magistrate’s court, Patrick Ngereza Talisuna following a miscellaneous
application by businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba together with three others
against UMSC and the Mufti, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje.
“An interim order of
injunction is hereby issued against the respondents, their agents, employees,
officials, assignees, and all persons acting on their instructions restraining
from carrying out any/and or conducting functions and or activities of and/or on
behalf of the UMSC…,” reads the January 10th, 2023 order. The group
was also armed with a January 11,2023 letter signed by Chepkrui Shunnu Jimmy on
behalf of the Inspector General addressed to the Old Kampala Divisional Police
“The order is to the
effect that an interim order of injunction issued against the respondent, their
agents, employees, officials, assigners, and all persons acting on their
instructions restraining them from carrying out and/ or conducting any
functions and/or do any other activity incidental to thereto until the final
determination of main application or until further order of this Honorable
court,” reads the letter.
He added, “I have been
instructed to forward the same to you with the guidance that in the absence of any
other court order to the contrary, and upon verification of the authenticity of
the order from the issuing court, you bring the contents of the order to both
parties and require the compliance.”
Shortly after delivering
the injunction, Kiyimba and his group moved to Hera hotel along Lubaga road
where they addressed a press conference. They accused Sheikh Mubaje of several
issues including the alleged sale of UMSC land measuring 518 hectares
comprising ranch 38A at Bukiragi village, Ntuusi Sub-county in Sembabule, and
failure to account for the money.
They also accused the Mufti of mismanaging
the 2.5 billion government gave UMSC to organize the just concluded nationwide
Muslim polls. Kiyimba, who denied
having a personal vendetta against the Mufti, said that he is only seeking
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Kiyimba noted that while
they had several disagreements with Mufti including the disqualification of Basajjabalaba
from running for the position of the National UMSC chairperson, said that they agreed
to use legal means to address their concerns and asked the Mufti to respect
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However, Zziwa Ashraf,
the UMSC Spokesperson said that while he is fully aware that some Muslims petitioned
the court over a disagreement in the just concluded elections, he isn’t aware
of any judgment to that effect.
He noted that they cannot
close the council at the moment because of the numerous activities such as the
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In December last year,
the UMSC held the elections for its national chairperson. However, Basajabalaba
was ejected from the race since the UMSC constitution bars anyone who has
successfully been impeached by any council organ from contesting for elections.
In 2010, the UMSC joint session that comprises the executive and college of sheikhs
impeached Basajabalaba on a string of accusations including illegally selling
off plot 30 William Street to Drake Lubega valued
at US$ 2 million.