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UMSC Sets Qualifications for Leadership Positions

Hajj Ahmada Kayongo Nyago, the UMSC electoral commission chairperson reveals that the general assembly resolved to adjust qualifications for candidates for leadership positions to include other professional expertise on top of Islamic theological studies.
Deputy Mufti Ali Muhammad Waiswa (Right) alongside the inaugurated leaders on West Buganda Muslim Community .jpg

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The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC has raised the qualifications for candidates vying for leadership positions in a bid to improve services delivery.

Hajj Ahmada Kayongo Nyago, the UMSC electoral commission chairperson reveals that the general assembly resolved to adjust qualifications for candidates for leadership positions to include other professional expertise on top of Islamic theological studies. 

Nyago explains leaders who include; districts and regional khadhis, regional chairpersons of Muslim councils and their executive committee members are now required to have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any secular course in addition to Islamic theology.

According to Nyago, the adjustments were adopted with an aim improving ability of their leaders.

Hajji Musa Muyinda, the secretary for monitoring at UMSC National Executive Committee says that the adjustments are intended to create a bank of competent workforce, capable of competing for employment opportunities at all levels.

Muyinda explains that changes were adopted late last year, after the creation of new four Muslim regional leadership units. The newly created regional Muslim regions are; West Buganda, East Buganda, Ankole-Kigezi and Bunyoro Tooro Muslim regions.

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He is also optimistic that the changes will attract younger Muslims to participate in Muslim leadership which is dominated by the old guards.

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While inaugurating the leadership of West Buganda Muslim community in Masaka district on Friday, the second deputy Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa observed that the changes are some of the innovations UMSC is undertaking towards ensuring services delivery and development of the Muslim community.

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Sheikh Hussein Matovu was elected to chairperson of West Buganda Muslim Community alongside a team of five-committee members to run its administration.