EXCUSIVE: I have one transition year to resign-Uganda’s grand Mufti

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By Robert Mugabe

KIGALI-RWANDA-the Grand Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubejje who also doubles as the co-chair of African Council of religious leaders has stressed his interests of resigning from his office following the ongoing wrangles which President Museveni has intervened.

Grand Mufti Shaban Mubejje has been in arms with another function from Kibuli mosque who want to make a coup. Accused of selling Moslem proparties, Court proceedings have been ruled in favour of Mubejje but the solution is far from reached.

Speaking to Great Lakes Voice, sheikh Mubajje has attributed to political and tribal differences to his plans to resign. “The Problem of some of Uganda’s Muslims is directly related to ethnicity and politics in Islam. Baganda claim the owners of Islam in Uganda, besides in my view the UMC supports the siting President as the side of FDC want to control and use the council as the center of mobilisation,” Mubejje said

Mubajje, who had been the Mbale district khadhi since 1981, ascended to power at 45 years. Under the Muslim constitution, Mubajje could hold the office for another 22 years until he clocks 75.

According to the 57 year Moslem leader, the issue started as a court challenge to the decision to of the Uganda Moslem Council of selling Moslems properties, after the court verdict now the Kibuli function now seems have an agenda of destablising the management for political and tribal reasons.

“After the meeting with President Yoweli Kaguta Museveni over the leadership wrangles, we set up the joint committee to study and observe the real issues in Moslems, and after that we take a coherent solution, however, my interests of resigning still stands,” Mubejje added.

Mubajje support for the government has been open. At a State House dinner, he’s quoted as saying that he had mobilised Moslems to support the NRM government, which had uplifted them.

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