of the Luwero District Kadhi has embarked on the registration of all imams and
other religious leaders at mosques following the arrest of clerics over alleged
links to Allied Defense Forces.
On Sunday, security personnel arrested Sheikh Swaibu Segujja, the Assistant
Secretary for Zakat under the Luwero Muslim District and the Imam of Butanza
Mosque in Luwero district.
They also arrested Sheikh Muhammed Bruhan Ssemwanga, the Imam of Lusenke Mosque
in Wobulenzi Town Council and teacher at Lugo Orphanage at Lukomera in Katikamu
Sub-County and Rashid Ibn Warid Islamic Primary School in Wobulenzi Town
They were arrested over investigations into the role of ADF in multiple bomb
blasts in Kampala city last week. Imam
Segujja was later released after interrogation but transferred Imam Ssemwanga
to Special Investigations Unit, Kireka further investigations.
Sheikh Swaibu Segujja said that the operatives released him after explaining to
them that he doesn’t know the whereabouts of his sister Aisha Nassanga and her
husband whom they were looking for questioning over links with ADF.
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District Kadhi Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa says that in wake of the arrests and
others that happened before, they have directed all imams to register with his
office through the county sheiks.
Mulindwa also directed the imams to register all religious leaders that work at
mosques in the district. He said that the
registration exercise will help his office to trace and defend the imams in
case of arrest regarding terror activities or any other criminal activity.
Mulindwa said that they are always challenged when some imams are arrested but
they are unable to follow or defend them because they are working at mosques
without their knowledge.
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over 280 mosques in Luwero district but 70% of imams operate them without
knowledge of Luwero Muslim district.
Mwanje of Kasana Mosque said the exercise is welcome because once imams are
arrested, the Muslims expect the Kadhis to follow up which is difficult if they
are not registered.
On Saturday, President Yoweri Museveni said the state has a list of suspects in
multiple bomb blasts in Kampala city and they will arrest them all.
said the country will know the details of their links to terror activities when
they appear in court.
In September this year, Police raided Markaz Ibun Hajarai School in Namaliga
zone Bombo town in Luweero district where they arrested 50 children and the
director of the school, Sheikh Uthman Yasin Nsubuga. They were later released
but children reunited with families.