The acting UMSC Spokesperson, Ashiraf Zziwa Muvawala communicated the decision while unveiling Sheikh Badru Wasajja Kiruta as the caretaker Kadhi of Masaka Muslim District at a media briefing in Masaka City on Wednesday.
Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC has insisted that the embattled Masaka District Kadhi
Sheik Buruhane Bagunduse vacates office to pave way for investigations into the
allegations levelled against him.
The acting UMSC Spokesperson, Ashiraf Zziwa Muvawala
communicated the decision while unveiling Sheikh Badru Wasajja Kiruta as the
caretaker Kadhi of Masaka Muslim District at a media briefing in Masaka City on
that the decision that was taken by the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje
to suspend Sheikh Bagunduse from office can’t be reversed until the
investigations into the alleged inefficiency of Sheikh Banguduse are completed.
The Mufti suspended Sheikh Banguduse
following his successful impeachment by the district council for alleged
incompetence in a February 19th letter authored by Sheikh Muhammad
Murshid Luwemba, the Religious Affairs Secretary at Uganda Muslim Supreme
section of Muslims in Masaka protested Bagunduse’s suspension, saying it was
done outside the laid down procedures. As a result, the West Buganda Regional
Muslim administration sent a delegation led by the Regional Kadhi Sheikh Juma
Mawejje to meet the Mufti of the matter. However, the meeting that took place
on Monday didn’t yield much.
UMSC dispatched its spokesperson Ashiraf Zziwa Muvawala to communicate the
council’s position and ensure a smooth handover to the caretaker Kadhi. Muvawala
asked the Muslim community in Masaka to stay calm, saying the right procedure
was followed to suspect the Kadhi.
“There is no
doubt that the right procedure was followed before the suspension of Sheikh
Bagunduse because the mufti acted on the concern raised by the Masaka Muslim
joint committee that asked mufti to look into the matter though he took some
time to take action since the country has been on high alert of the pandemic
coronavirus,” he said.
Muslims to work with the caretaker pending the conclusion of investigations
into the accusations against Sheikh Bagunduse.
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UMSC is optimistic that the caretaker Kadhi will spearhead the program to repossess
council property including schools, mosques, land, and buildings in Masaka
region, which are currently occupied by unknown people.
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Mawejje, the West Buganda Regional Kadhi, says that the Masaka Muslim joint
council that initially complained of Sheikh Bagunduse’s inefficiency to the
Mufti’s office and called for his suspension made a U-turn. He explained
that in their meeting with the Mufti, he showed him a letter from the Masaka
district joint Muslim committee recalling their decision to cause Sheikh Banguduse’s
“We met the mufti and showed him that the move to impeach Bagunduse in 2019 as
the joint council had decided had since been altered. So he asked us to wait
for him to give us instructions on what to do. So am still waiting for his instructions and
am not aware of the developments made by the council pro-Muvawala,” he said. Sheikh
Bagunduse’s suspension has generated mixed reactions.
one of the Muslim faithfuls in Masaka says the Kadhi’s suspension isn’t a big
deal, saying Muslims should allow the council to investigate him. He says the Kadhi
stands a chance to return to the office once he is cleared by the probe team. But Hajjat Bitamisi Namuddu, one of the
Muslim elders in Masaka is opposed to the decision, saying the council suspended
Sheikh Bagunduse based on rumours.