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Mufti Turned Away from Makindye Military Barracks

Prior to visiting Makindye Police barracks, the Mufti consulted Lt. Gen. Gutti who gave green light to the visit. Armed with the authorisation notice, the Mufti and his delegation stormed Makindye Military barracks this morning but were turned away without any explanation.
Mufti addressing journalists at Old Kampala
The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje is up in arms against the leadership of Makindye Military Police barracks for blocking his delegation from visiting  inmates at the facility. 

A statement from Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC shows that the Mufti met with leaders of different Muslim groups on Tuesday this week and resolved to visit inmates in various detention facilities starting with the Military police barracks.

The leaders include Amiir Daula, Sheikh Sulaiman Kakeeto, the Amiir Ummah Sheikh Muhammad Kasujja and the Amiir of SPIDQA Sheikh Mubarak Mugerwa. They sought permission from the Chairperson of the General Court Martial, Lt. General Andrew Gutti to visit Haji Abdallah Kitatta and other Muslim inmates at Makindye Military barracks.

The Court Martial Chief Registrar, Major John Bizimana wrote to the in charge of the barracks on behalf of the Court martial chairman granting the Mufti and his delegation access to the facility.  

“The Chairman GCM has instructed me to communicate to you that it is prudent you allow H.E Mufti Shk. Shaban Ramathan Mubaje and one other person from his team together with Mr. Emmanuel Turwomwe the advocate to visit Haji Kitata Abdallah,'' reads the September 12, 2018  authorisation notice under reference UPDF GCM/C5.

Prior to visiting Makindye Police barracks, the Mufti consulted Lt. Gen. Gutti who gave green light to the visit. Armed with the authorisation notice, the Mufti and his delegation stormed Makindye Military barracks this morning but were turned away without any explanation.

The decision to block them from accessing the facility didn't go down well the Mufti. Addressing a press conference at the UMSC headquarters at Old Kampala on Wednesday afternoon, the Mufti expressed regret that the barracks leadership could disobey the directives from the General Court Martial Chairman.

“As the head of the GCM, he has powers like any other court judge to issue directives, which are binding. Just as he ruled that Haji Abdallah should be detained at Makindye, he has the power to decide who sees him” the Mufti said.

Sheikh Mubaje also told journalists that according to Uganda laws, all suspects are innocent until proven guilty. “It is therefore unfortunate that we have been denied access,” the Mufti noted. 

He however, said they will proceed with their planned visits to Luzira, Kigo and Kirinya prisons as planned, saying it is important for Muslim leaders to visit inmates, interact with them and pray for them.