A delegation of Muslim leaders headed by the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubajje, on Tuesday visited State House to brief President Museveni about an agreement reached between the factions and uniting as one body.
The Moslem leaders were from all sects of Old Kampala, Kibuli and Nakasero.
According to Sheikh Mubajje, yesterday they signed a Unity Agreement between Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), the Kibuli group and the Nakasero group to unite as one body at a function held at Gaddafi National Mosque in Kampala.
Mufti Mubajje thanked the President for sparing time to meet them and commended him for his tireless efforts to unite all Moslems in Uganda that has in the end yielded good results.
“Thank you, Your Excellency for your efforts of uniting all Moslems in Uganda. Thank you also for trying to unite the region and Africa. You have helped us to see that Moslems unite since the time you initiated the Kabwegyere commission,” Mubajje said.
He revealed the genesis of their conflicts that started when a Moslem property at William Street was sold to local business man, Drake Lubega, until President Museveni intervened and rescued the property back to Moslems.
“First, the disunity was as a result of William Street property. It was in the courts and after, you agreed to pay off Lubega and the property is now helping us. Money from that building is now helping the regions to run some activities,” he said.
The Mufti added: “We have sat down on both sides to forge a way of uniting and talking to each other. We now confirm that we have reconciled and that’s why we are here all together to inform you of this development.”
He said that the Kabwegyere commission recommended a lot of things to implement and they have agreed upon them all together because they now believe in unity and development.
“We signed a document agreeing to unite. We even left Old Kampala together. We are now all together as the Uganda Moslem community,” Sheikh Mubajje said.
He revealed that as they plan a Constitutional review, at the same time they are organising for the upcoming general assembly that will lead to elections of new leaders.
“I want, once again, to thank you for appointing our people in key Government positions in the recent deployments and appointments. I want to assure you that this time Moslems are happy and contented,” he assured the President.
The delegation that met and confirmed this development to the President included Sheikh Obeid Kamulegeya, Sheikh Muhammed Yunusu Kamoga, Sheikh Muhamood Kibaate, Sheikh Kasule Ndilangwa and Sheikh Hamid Umar Kateregga.
Others were; Hajji Ramanthan Mugalu, Hajji Faruk Kamulegeya and Masaba Muhamood.
All these leaders commended President Museveni for the efforts put in the whole process until their unity was realised.
“I am happy to see you. We are here to tell you that we have united. You are the one who put efforts in this,” Sheikh Kamulegeya said.
The delegation revealed to the President that a trustee committee is going to be instituted with an aim of looking after the Moslem properties as per his advice and counsel.
They also thanked the President for fighting the Covid-19 pandemic successfully and said he used Moslem teachings on fighting pandemics.
Through a Dua said by Sheikh Ndirangwa, the leaders prayed to Allah to bless the President and give him peace and good health.