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Luwero Muslim Leaders Suspend Further Allocation of Space in Disputed Market

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According to Kibirango, during the meeting, they agreed to suspend further allocation of space to vendors to erect stalls till Monday next week when they have inspected the land. He says their findings will determine whether or not to allow the establishment of the market on the land.
File Photo; Luwero Kadhi Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa leading Eid Al Fitr prayers at Kasana Mosque

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Muslims leaders in Luwero district have resolved to suspend further allocation of space to traders on a piece of land belonging to Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC until the dispute over the establishment of the market is resolved.



A fortnight ago, Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Kadhi Luwero Muslim District offered part of the 20-acre piece of land in Kalongomiti zone in Luwero town to host agricultural produce trader. However, the proposal met stiff opposition from Muslim leaders allied to the Kibuli based faction claiming that the traders sell on it products that contravene Islamic teachings.  

Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa is under UMSC, the mainstream leadership of Muslims in the country. This prompted Luwero District LC V Chairperson, Erastus Kibirango and Haji Abdul Nadduli, the Vice Chairman of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council to convene a meeting with Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa and the Kibuli group to defuse tension over the newly established market.  

According to Kibirango, during the meeting, they agreed to suspend further allocation of space to vendors to erect stalls till Monday next week when they have inspected the land. He says their findings will determine whether or not to allow the establishment of the market on the land. He says that the Muslim leaders will report back on Monday on the progress made to secure the land title after reports emerged indicating that they don’t have a title for the land.  

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Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Kadhi Luwero Muslim district, says that by the time of the resolution they had allocated space to 350 out of the 3000 applicants. He says the traders occupy around 8.5 out of 20 acres of the land belonging to UMSC. According to Mulindwa, he has no problem with the resolution because they had also stopped allocating space to more vendors because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  He, however, says that he is happy that Muslim leaders have agreed to visit the land and make an informed decision.

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Hajji Musa Kakande, the Chairperson of Greater Luwero Muslim District under the Kibuli faction, says that during the meeting, it came out clearly they don’t have a market in their strategic plan for the 20-acre piece of land.  He, however, says that since traders are already on the land, they will need to consider the market carefully and ensure the strategic plan is also implemented.   He said some of the projects they have proposed to set up on the land include a Technical Institute, Primary and Secondary Schools among others but not markets. Kakande asked the Kadhi to respect the opinions of local Muslims and bring them to the table to develop the land rather than wait for donors from elsewhere. Alhajji Abdul Nadduli, the Vice-Chairman UMSC was unavailable to comment on the resolutions. However, he is one of those opposed to the establishment of the market.

In the meeting, Nadduli was tasked to expedite the process of acquiring the title for the land after it emerged that he was in possession of original documents.

 

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