The new UMSC Secretary-General Hajji Abbas Sekyanzi Muluubya identified the suspended delegates as Hajj Abdul Kiyimba delegate from Lwengo, Sulaina Kigongo from East Buganda, Kamara Zuraika from Kampala, Musa Muyinda from Rubaga, and Huzairu Ssendegeya from Sheema, along with Yasin Kakuru from Kiruhura.
Hajji Abdul Kiyimba, one of the suspended members.
Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) General Assembly, has suspended six
delegates for alleged misconduct.
The decision was taken on Thursday at the Annual General Meeting at the Old Kampala National
The new UMSC Secretary-General Hajji Abbas Sekyanzi Muluubya identified the suspended
delegates as Hajj Abdul Kiyimba delegate from Lwengo, Sulaina Kigongo from East
Buganda, Kamara Zuraika from Kampala, Musa Muyinda from Rubaga, and Huzairu
Ssendegeya from Sheema, along with Yasin Kakuru from Kiruhura.
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Hajji Muluubya added that a disciplinary committee has been established to assess the
behavior of the delegates individuals. The suspended individuals will be allowed to defend various accusations leveled against
Hajji Muluubya emphasized
that the committee's responsibility is to ascertain whether the members have behaved in a manner inconsistent with the expected conduct of honorable
members of the General Assembly.
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Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa, the
Khadi of Luwero District, reported that the committee intends to investigate
the participation of suspended members in disclosing details about UMSC, even though they do not hold official or
designated spokesperson roles.
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The six members were
denied access to the general assembly session on Thursday. Although journalists
were not present in the meeting room, those locked out said that they were
targeted because of their critical stance towards the current administration of
UMSC and the Mufti's control over Muslim affairs.
In an interview with URN,
Sulaina Kigongo, a delegate from the East Buganda Muslim region, emphasized
that being locked out of the assembly was illegal since they are full members
of the assembly. She stated that she intends to take legal action against the
UMSC leadership and the General Assembly, expressing her intention to drag them
to the courts of law over this action.
During the general meeting, there were reports that a faction of delegates opposed the agenda for the meeting.
The proposed agenda included items such as the address of the chairperson, the
Mufti, approval and swearing-in of the new UMSC Secretary-General and other
members, receiving reports from committees, and passing the budget.
Yasin Kakuru reportedly expressed opposition to the agenda, advocating for the assembly to adopt an alternative
agenda specifically focused on addressing the issue of Muslim properties
currently at risk due to debts owed to the council arising from land
transactions in Sembabule.
"We cannot behave normally
in an abnormal situation; Muslim properties are at stake, and we needed the
members to address this matter at length and find a solution," a tearful
Kakuru told our reporter.
However, Kakuru's efforts were
unsuccessful, and he was forcibly removed from the meeting room, ultimately
being expelled from the premises of the national mosque. The incident left him
Hajji Muluubya says the
matter was addressed in the session, with assembly members raising questions
and receiving detailed explanations about the current status of the land issue,
ongoing legal proceedings, and UMSC's efforts to resolve the impasse.
Muluubya notes that members agreed with UMSC's approach, receiving assurances that Muslim
properties would not be unjustly claimed. He highlighted the assembly's emphasis
on diligent handling of the issue for justice, not only for UMSC but also for
other involved parties.
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Meanwhile, During the assembly that was attended
by 239 members out of the 264, various reports from
different sector committees of the council were presented. The assembly also
made additional resolutions including approving approval of the UMSC strategic
plan the budget that the supreme council will operate with in the upcoming year
The assembly convened during a
challenging period for the Muslim body, marked by escalating concerns over
Muslim properties due to a legal case resulting in the attachment of numerous
assets by a businessman Justus Kyabahwa.
In a recent judgment, the Court
of Appeal in Kampala ruled in favor of Kyabahwa, permitting him to
proceed with the sale of properties owned by the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council
Justice Christopher Gashirabake presided over the case and dismissed
UMSC's plea for a stay of execution, thereby allowing Kyabahwa to seize nine
properties to recover an outstanding debt amounting to 18.9 billion
Shillings dating back to 2020.
The legal dispute stemmed from a
2020 agreement in which UMSC sold its Sembabule Ranch land to Kyabahwa for
3.584 billion Shillings through Arthur Kayanja. The agreement, which involved
key figures such as Secretary General Ramathan Mugalu, Mufti Shaban Ramathan
Mubajje, and Chairman Abdulkadir Idi Balonde, obligated UMSC to transfer land
possession within 60 days and settle any associated charges.
The agreement also stipulated
that Kyabahwa could seek a refund with a 12% monthly interest rate if he failed
to obtain possession within 150 days. Furthermore, UMSC was required to remove
a caveat on the land title filed by Enterprise Handling Services Limited
(ENHAS) within 60 days. Upon discovering that the land had already been sold to
ENHAS, Kyabahwa petitioned the commercial court, seeking to recover the 18.9
billion Shillings debt accrued over four years.
On August 7th, 2023, the court
granted Kyabahwa's petition, rejecting UMSC's defense.
November 16th, a warrant of execution was issued, empowering Kyabahwa to sell
nine properties, including the Gadafi Mosque in Old Kampala, for debt recovery.
Unhappy with the outcome, UMSC appealed to the Court of Appeal,
highlighting their defense dismissal in the High Court on August 7th, 2023.
Deputy Secretary General Muhammad Ali Aluma argued for a stay of execution,
underscoring their previous legal efforts to contest the lawsuit.