At least 14 people were arrested in a joint
security operation during the takeover of Noor Mosque by Uganda Muslim Supreme
Council-UMSC at William Street in Kampala Central Division on Sunday morning. The
operation comprised officers from the Field Force Unit-FFU, Crime Intelligence
–CI, Flying Squad Unit –FSU and Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force- JATT.
They deployed strategically on the entire
William Street to over the repossession exercise and avert any possible chaos. Kampala
Metropolitan Spokesperson, Patrick Oyango, says the suspects were picked up for
trying to interfere with a legitimate eviction exercise.
During the operation, some Muslim youth threw
stones while others arrived at the premises with machetes and hammers but were
surrounded by security. According to Onyango, the suspects will be charged with
among other things obstructing a lawful operation, trespass, inciting violence
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In 2016, President Yoweri Museveni handed over
the title of Plot 30 William Street to Uganda UMSC after securing it from
business tycoon Drake Lubega, who had bought off the property from Hassan
Basajjalaba who had obtained a sublease from UMSC.
Lubega’s acquisition of the property triggered
tension in the Muslim Community in Uganda, which saw a group of Muslims break
off the Old Kampala leadership and form a parallel faction at Kibuli. Sadik Musa Lukandwa, the a member of the
Kampala Muslim District Council, says since 2012, the property has been under
the control of Jam’iyyatu Dawa Al-Assalafiyyah, which has been collecting over
Shillings 100 million without any accountability.
Lukandwa says Hajji Ayub Nyende, the Secretary
General Jam’iyyatu Dawa Al-Assalafiyyah and his team will have to account for
an estimated Shillings 12 billion they have collected from the property since
2012. A case of financial impropriaty is
already before the Anti-Corruption Court desk.
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Hajj Musa Mutyaba, the Chairman Muslim Property at UMSC, says
a new management team will be installed to over the property. He says a lot of
Muslim property has been taken over by scrupulous people, adding that they also
intend to recover Muslim property in Kamwokya, Nateete and Masaka among other
parts of Uganda.