Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) has approved the separation
of Kanungu Muslim District from Rukungiri.
According to, Haj Ramadhan Mugalu the UMSC Secretary-General and
acting secretary for information, the Muslim community requested for autonomy
five years ago. Mugalu says that Kanungu Muslim community argued that the
distance from Kanungu to Rukungiri looking for services in the district Muslim
the council was very far and hectic.
They also said that the district council of Rukungiri and Kanungu
was very big for one district Kadhi to supervise.
Mugalu says that the UMSC assessors from headquarters conducted
all the necessary assessment and have finally approved that Kanungu is split
from Rukungiri. Mugalu also says that the assessors are satisfied that the Kanungu
Muslim Community now can sustain the Muslim district. He adds that arrangements
to institute structures are on-going.
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Abdullah Nzigira, the Chairperson of the Muslim community of
Rukungiri/ Kanungu district Muslim council has praised UMSC led by Mufti Sheikh
Shaban Ramadan Mubajje for approving the split. He says that they have been
pushing for autonomy for the last 20 years.
Nzigira says that the split will give a chance to develop more and
get more mosques in Kanungu and Rukungiri.
According to Nzigira, there have been 67 mosques under his
jurisdiction, 34 in Rukungiri and 33 in Kanungu. UMSC has also approved the
upgrading of Bikurungu Mosque in Rukungiri and Butogota Mosque in Kanungu to
the level of County Muslim Council.
Rukungiri Muslim council was curved out of Kabale district Muslim
council in 1974.