Africa: One of the Kibuli Muslim sections has rubbished reports that they signed a reconciliation agreement with the Old Kampala section to form one body.
This is the statement that Muhammad Musoke Kiggundu signs; he is also the director of Communication, Research and International Relations on the Office of the Supreme Mufti in the Kibuli faction, stated that Mufti was not at all invited nor involved in the said unity talks.
According to Kiggundu, “We wish to inform the general public that, Supreme Kadgis and all our Muslim Leadership Structures countrywide, the Office of the Supreme Mufti was neither invited nor involved in the purported unity talks,” Kiggundu said in part.
“We, therefore, refute the impression created that Sheikh Silimani Kasule Ndiragwa, Sheikh Mahmoud Ssebuggwawo Kibaate, Sheikh Abdul Obeid Kamulegeya, and Sheikh Hamid Kateregga have the mandate to speak for the office of the Supreme Mufti and that they are not part of the Administration of the Office of the Supreme Mufti,” he added.
Kiggundu stated that the office of the Supreme Mufti is an independent illegal commodity with its own constitution based upon the Quran in order to guide the actions and decisions associated with the provision of ethical leadership and governance of Muslim Affairs in Uganda.
He said the Kibuli group is open to honest, accurate, and sincere discussions that lead to Muslim unity and high-quality service delivery to the Muslim community, and he commended President Museveni for his efforts to bring them together.
Furthermore, he expresses his gratitude to H.E President of Uganda, Gen Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni, for his all untiring efforts and determined commitment towards the peaceful resolution of Muslim leadership affairs,” said Kiggundu.
This enhancement comes just hours after a panel led by the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubaje, met with President Museveni and briefed him about the two sections agreeing to reconcile and work together.
Part of the panel included Sheikh Obeid Kamulegeya, Sheikh Muhammed Yunusu Kamoga, Sheikh Muhamood Kibaate, Sheikh Kasule Ndilangwa and Sheikh Hamid Umar Kateregga.
Others were Hajji Ramathan Mugalu, Hajji Faruk Kamulegeya and Masaba Muhamood.
Moreover, Mubajje told the president that they signed a memorandum of unity between the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), the Kibuli group and the Nakasero group to unite as one soul at a function held at Gaddafi National Mosque in Kampala.
We have sat down on both sides in order to develop a way of uniting and talking to each other. We now confirm that we have negotiated, and that is why we are here all together to inform you about this development.
Museveni had praised the two Muslim groups for uniting.