The Publicity Secretary for UMLA Luyimbazi Nalukoola says that the inevitable consequence of this is that every Muslim is placed under suspicion of either
being a terrorist or being sympathetic to terrorism unless he or she explicitly says otherwise.
Muslim Lawyers Association - UMLA has condemned the extra judicial killings of
terrorism suspects in the country.
comes at the time when at least eight suspected terrorists have been shot dead under
suspicious circumstances by security officers during counter terrorism operations
in a spate of five months.
The eight who all happen to be Muslims include; Mohammed Nsubuga , Manihaji, Master Lubwama,
Juma Saidi, Juma Sserwadda, Amin Kawawa Mustapha, Moses Mudasiri and most recently
Sheikh Muhammad Abbas Kirevu who was
shot dead by security officers on
November 18th 2021.
case of Sheikh Kirevu, there have been contradicting statements from police and
family regarding how he met his death with his family members saying that he
was picked from his home, handcuffed and shot dead in front of children; while the
police indicate that the deceased was gunned down as he was trying to escape
arrest in Nsangi, Wakiso District.
in a statement released by Uganda Muslim Lawyers Association – UMLA, the
Advocates contend that it is unlawful for any person to be killed before they
can be heard on their side of the story by a competent court.
appeal to every Ugandan to support the Police in their investigations to ensure
that justice prevails and peace and security of our country is maintained," reads in part the statement signed by UMLA President Ali Kankaka and the Association’s Secretary General Mahmoud Kakeeto.
that the lawyers are hopeful that police and other security agencies will
approach the investigations objectively to avoid biased and premature
conclusions that have a chilling effect and criminalization of Muslims by
reason of the Islamic names of those alleged to be involved in these crimes.
we are repulsed by the senseless crimes it is offensive to the Muslim community
for persons to attribute these crimes to our faith, and expect Muslims to
always apologize for terror attacks undertaken by individuals and with which we
have no connection. Perpetuating this narrative is ill informed and is
calculated to assign collective guilt against vulnerable Muslims", the
want police to carry out independent, impartial and quick investigations and
make a report to the public and those found culpable to be prosecuted in
accordance with the law.
previous occasions, many Muslims were arrested, tortured and charged with
terrorism related offenses only for the State to withdraw the charges against
the accused who had been incarcerated for more than 5 years and convicted in
the public court”, the lawyers add.
further shows that such
investigatory and prosecutorial maneuvers increase the pressure exerted in the public life of Muslims.
“Muslim voices are thus uniquely kept out of
public debate unless they are
apologizing for some atrocity they had nothing to do with. This must and
ought to stop otherwise Muslims will continue to be ostracized and alienated in
their own Country”, it states.
Secretary for UMLA Luyimbazi Nalukoola says that the inevitable consequence of
this is that every Muslim is placed under suspicion of either
terrorist or being sympathetic to terrorism unless he or she explicitly says otherwise.
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that when it comes to issues of sharing a national cake, one may think that the
Muslims’ share is in prison saying that most of the suspects on terrorism
charges are Muslims. He adds that they will soon be petitioning court to challenge what he described as gross human rights violations.
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President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has in the recent past indicated
that most of the people who were shot dead during the security operations were
either trying to resist arrest or had turned violent against the arresting
of the seven suspects were killed following the murder of Haruna Kayondo and Brenda
Nantongo who were the driver and daughter to Transport and Works Minister
General Katumba Wamala respectively.