Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police Spokesperson has confirmed the deployment, saying they have called for reinforcement from Maracha and Koboko districts because they expect some chaos and wont leave anything to chance.
There is heavy military and police deployment at Arua airfield ahead of the arrival of Sheikh Abu Jaffer, the newly appointed Kadhi of Arua Muslim district. According to a program issued by Sheikh Hatim Juma, the Chairman Arua Muslim District Council, Sheikh Abu Jaffer is expected to touch down at the airfield at 9am this morning.
He will be received by officials from Arua Muslim District Council, the Resident District Commissioner, Peter Debele and selected Muslims. He will thereafter proceed to Arua Muslim District Council headquarters at Kojja Mosque in Arua Town.
The deployment follows intelligence reports that some Muslims are opposed to Sheikh Jaffer's appointment and are planning to stage protests and block him from accessing the offices. Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police Spokesperson has confirmed the deployment, saying they have called for reinforcement from Maracha and Koboko districts because they expect some chaos and won't leave anything to chance.
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Osman Draga, one of the Muslim faithfuls says several Muslims have vowed not to allow the new Kadhi lead prayers in their mosques. "Some are saying they will not allow him to lead prayers in their Mosque instead he should go to his Mosque in Tanganyika Ward where he has been praying from," said Draga.
According to Draga, the new Kadhi is expected to go straight to his home and wait for the day the district council members will convene to hand over office to him. He expresses fear that the youthful Kadhi may find difficulty administering the Muslims who have more experience than him.
"Many people expected Sheik Juma Vuni Abdallah to be announced new Kadhi because of his vast experience and respect he commands from the Muslim fraternity but this has been turned down in favor of a younger man," Draga said.
Sheikh Abu Jaffer, was announced the new Arua Kadhi replacing Sheikh Juma Vuni Abdallah who has been serving in acting capacity. Sheik Twalib Kiza didn't turn up for interviews.
Sheikh Abu Jaffer holds a Bachelor's degree in Law and an advanced certificate alias Thanawi in Islamic studies. He runs a private primary school in Club cell River Oli division in Arua Municipality and is seen an a budding entrepreneur.