The heightened security comes at a time when UMSC is entangled in a land dispute that poses a significant threat to prime properties belonging to the Muslim faith, including the national mosques.
Police checking cars entering Old Kampala Mosque
There is heavy security deployment at Old Kampala Mosque ahead of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-
UMSC General Assembly.
On Thursday, security personnel comprising of the police and army were seen deployed out and inside the premises of the mosque. They were also thoroughly screening people entering
the UMSC headquarters.
security comes at a time when UMSC is entangled in a land dispute that poses a
significant threat to prime properties belonging to the Muslim faith, including
the national mosques.
Ashraf Zziwa, the UMSC Spokesperson, disclosed that the agenda for the day includes
the approval of a new Secretary-General, the swearing-in of new members, and
the approval of the budget.
emphasized that the issue of Muslim properties will be addressed later in the
session when delegates delve into the state of affairs at UMSC, proposing
solutions and a path forward. He stated, "This is where the intricacies of
the case will be discussed."
the Court of Appeal in Kampala ruled in favor of businessman Justus Kyabahwa,
granting him permission to proceed with the sale of properties owned by the
Uganda Muslim Supreme Council to recover a debt of 18.9 billion Shillings.
Christopher Gashirabake, dismissed UMSC's application for a stay of execution
of the warrant, allowing Kyabahwa to attach nine properties and recoup the
outstanding amount accumulated since 2020.
UMSC entered into a deal, selling its Sembabule Ranch land measuring 517
hectares to Justus Kyabahwa through Arthur Kayanja. The sale, documented in an
agreement seen by Uganda Radio Network, amounted to 3.584 billion shillings.
the terms, UMSC, represented by Secretary General Ramathan Mugalu, Mufti Shaban
Ramathan Mubajje, and Chairman Abdulkadir Idi Balonde, committed to
transferring possession of the land within 60 days of signing the agreement.
The council also undertook to settle any outstanding rates, levies, or charges
related to the land before the agreement's execution.
agreement included provisions for a refund with 12% monthly interest if
Kyabahwa failed to obtain possession within 150 days for reasons beyond his
control. Additionally, UMSC was supposed to remove a caveat on the land title
filed by Enterprise Handling Services Limited (ENHAS) within 60 days before the
transaction. All necessary authorizations from UMSC's relevant organs were
claimed to have been secured before the deal.
upon discovering that the land was already sold to ENHAS, filed a petition in
the commercial court to recover the accumulated 18.9 billion shillings over a
four-year period. The court, on August 7th, 2023, granted Kyabahwa's petition,
rejecting UMSC's defense after reviewing the evidence, including the agreement.
on November 16th, the Registrar issued a warrant of execution, empowering
Kyabahwa to sell nine properties, including Gadafi Mosque in Old Kampala, to
recoup his funds.
dissatisfied with the outcome, lodged an appeal in the Court of Appeal and
concurrently sought a stay of execution. Muhammad Ali Aluma, the Deputy
Secretary General in Charge of Finance and Administration, argued that despite
their attempt to defend the suit in the High Court, their application was
dismissed on August 7th, 2023, leading to judgment in favor of Kyabahwa.