By Our Reporter
After years of disunity among the two muslim factions of Kibuli and Old Kampala, The former, led by Muslim learned leader, Sheikh Abdul Obeid Kamulegeya and the latter led by the mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje have on Monday, December 3, presented points resolved by the two parties during their September 3 meeting that was organized for purposes of muslim unity.
On September 3, Mufti Mubaje and his longtime rival Sheikh Obed Kamulegeya, who was a respected adviser of the Kibuli faction, agreed to work together to promote Muslim unity.
Both parties signed an agreement in a historical ceremony at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council in presence of muslim clerics from Kibuli and Old Kampala.
During the presentation of the agreement on Monday, Mufti Mubaje revealed that he has spent seven of his twenty years as the muslim leader in peace talks with Sheikh Kamulegeya trying to unite the Islamic community in Uganda.
“Today, I confirm that muslims are united. We have been in efforts for over seven years. At first things did not go well but after sometime, I was introduced to sheikh and we have been on reconciliation terms for over four years.” He revealed
Sheikh Kamulegeya of the Kibuli faction thanked Mufti Mubaje and his team at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council for being at the fore front in fighting for muslim unity.
“We have come from far and I am grateful to the Mufti because many are interested in holding titles so they wouldn’t agree to sitting on the same round table,” He said
He added that whoever is against Muslim unity is going against God/ Allah. Kamulegeya also advised muslim scholars to stop shaming others in public for their short comings.
“If someone does something wrong, don’t address it in public, go to him and have a personal conversation, then advise him because he is also human. Publicizing one’s mistakes is not islamic.” He said
Among the things agreed upon was that the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council is the only recognized body that manages Muslim affairs in Uganda and that all other muslim sects are free to operate but under the guidance and consultation of UMSC.
Muslim learned elders are to be constituted into a body called Majlis Al-Shurah which shall be provided in the amended constitution of the UMSC as tribunal for muslim affair’s. This means that any accused Muslim will have to first face the tribunal before being handed over to the law enforcers of the country.
All Muslim property will be under the care of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council property trust and it will be run by a team of muslim representatives from all corners of the country.