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Mufti Mubajje Installs Rejected Lwengo Kadhi

Sheikh Ramadhan Mubajje, the Mufti of Uganda has installed Ahmed Muweesi as the Kadhi of Lwengo district amidst protests from residents.
Sheikh Ramadhan Mubajje, the Mufti of Uganda has installed Ahmed Muweesi as the Kadhi of Lwengo district amidst protests from residents. Mubajje installed Muweesi as Lwengo district Kadhi on Sunday and asked him to immediately assume office. Muweesi’s installation comes after UMSC rejected an earlier attempt by Lwengo Muslims to illegally appoint him Kadhi.

 

 

Early this year, a group of Muslims in Mabirizi town council appointed Muweesi as the Kadhi Lwengo district. But his appointment was rejected by Masaka District Supreme Council saying Lwengo was part of Masaka. A section of Muslims led by Yasin Kakomo, Chairman Masaka Muslim board of trustees and Sheikh Suleiman Kubo, the Imam Mbirizi mosque also rejected Muweesi accusing him of bleaching his skin.

 

 

They also accused him having links with Sheikh Mubajje and practicing witchcraft saying that he owns a shrine at his home in Mbirizi. But, on Sunday Sheikh Mubajje disregarded the accusations and installed Muweesi. He advised those unhappy with the installation of Muweesi as Kadhi to challenge his appointment in court saying that he is mandated to appoint the Kadhi.

None of the officials opposed to Muweesi showed up for his installation. Now, the group describes the appointment of Muweesi as a political move. Sheikh Ismail Musisi, chairman Masaka District Muslim Supreme Council says that the installation of Muweesi is null and void. Musisi insists that Masaka Muslim District has never approved the creation of Lwengo Muslim district as it is mandated by the UMSC constitution.

 

He explains that under normal procedures, Lwengo Muslims were expected to write to Masaka Muslim asking for the creation of a new administrative unit, naming sheikhs to choose from, specifying the source of income for the new district, number of Muslim and Islamic schools among others.

 

He says that as long the four grounds on which Muslims rejected the appointment of Muweesi are not address they will not recognize him as a religious leader. But Sheikh Ahmed Muweesi whose office in Mbirizi town is under tight security insists he was rightfully appointed, approved, and installed. Muweesi told URN on Monday that those opposed to his appointment are only jealousy.

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