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Gov't Takes Over Kabigi Islamic Institute As Ownership Wrangles Escalate

Sharon Ankunda, the Bukomansimbi Resident District Commissioner says they were instructed by security authorities to directly take over the schools from the children of the late Sheikh Juma Katungulu; the original proprietor, who is involved in a dispute over its management.
Major Martha Asiimwe; a Presidential Advisor in Charge of Resident District Commissioner alongside other laeders during a meeting on the disputed property at Kabigi village in Bukomansimbi district

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The government has taken over management of Kabigi Islamic Institute in Butenga sub-county, Bukomansimbi district over ownership wrangles.

The traditional Islamic faith-based institute which was established in the early 1970s is comprised of Kabigi Tagwa Primary school and Kabigi Islamic Secondary that currently operate as government-aided community schools in the area.

  Sharon Ankunda, the Bukomansimbi Resident District Commissioner says they were instructed by security authorities to directly take over the schools from the children of the late Sheikh Juma Katungulu; the original proprietor, who is involved in a dispute over its management.

 Since 2019, Children of the Late Sheikh Katungulu who include Hajj Doctor Harunah Jjemba, a Lecturer at Makerere University and his brother Sheikh Abdul Jabar Mawanda have been wrangling over management of the institute, leading to repeated disruptions of its operations including studies.  

  Ankunda indicates that the disagreements had even failed the schools from opening for the third term which commenced on Monday, due to a stalemate which was created as either the parties wrestled with each other in pursuit to get hold of the schools’ management.

  She explains that they have moved in to take over management of schools as an intervention and ensure that the students are saved from confusion such that they can continue with their studies.      Speaking at a parents' meeting, Ankunda indicated that the school has been put under the direct watch of the District Education Officer who will be supported by security personnel to ensure that learning goes on.  

  //Cue in: “tetusobola kulaba… 

Cue out: ….nga bwemwe sotinga”.// 

Ankunda adds they have forwarded the matter to the Ministry of Education and Sports for further guidance, for purposes of ensuring that the learners are served better.  

  Ashiraf Zziwa, the Spokesperson for Uganda Muslim Supreme Council who also attended the meeting is optimistic that the intervention by the government may help to restore harmony in the institute.

  He says that the disputes among the members of the founding family are threatening to the strong legacy of the institution which has for decades benefited both the Islamic faith and the general community.

  

  //Cue in: “oluvanyuma lw’okukitegeera  

Cue out: ….zombi bazikwate”.//  

 By the close of the last term, the institute had close to 700 learners who were studying in both primary and secondary schools.

  Asimat Namulindwa and Ahamada Ssekito, some of the parents whose children study at the institute have welcomed the decision by the government to take over the school arguing that the disputes were jeopardizing the safety of their learners.

 According to Namulindwa, these serve as the closest affordable schools in their community, observing that many parents were still stuck with the learners at home. 

   //Cue in: “naye abaana baffe….   

  Cue out: …likulindiridde n’obuwombeefu”. //

Doctor Harunah Jjemba has however protested, saying that the decision contravenes a High Court ruling that granted him powers to administer the school.

  In May this year, Masaka High Court Judge Victoria Katamba Nakintu arbitrate the same disputes before granting an injunction that gave Hajj Jjemba powers to administer the schools. He wonders how the RDC can defy the position of the court.

  But his brother Abdul Jabar Mawanda who had been put aside by the May court has welcome the government taking over the school saying it will partly heal the squabbles.