UMSC Ranches Part 3: How the scheme collapsed

Unfortunately, the plan did not materialize as the majority of the sponsored students didn’t honour the arrangement and went on to pursue their personal adventures after completing their studies.

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By Zziwa Ashiraf

As part of strengthening its Institutional Structures between 1975 and 1978, UMSC launched a Strategic Plan of sponsoring Muslim students to go abroad for advanced managerial and Islamic theological studies. The students were dispatched to among other countries England, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

For instance, one Abdu Mubi from Masaka joined a UK based University on a fully paid Scholarship that came with monthly allowances paid by UMSC.

It was anticipated that such students would return and head the newly established Subsidiary Companies including the Ranches upon the completion of their studies.

Unfortunately, the plan did not materialize as the majority of the sponsored students didn’t honour the arrangement and went on to pursue their personal adventures after completing their studies.

According to information from the UMSC records, Abdu Mubi last wrote to the then UMSC Hon. Secretary-General the Late Haj. Ahmad Mufangala pleading for an increment of his monthly allowance of £900 (currently about 4.5million) since he had a white girlfriend who was expecting his child.

The available documents show that in 1978 Uganda Ranches Limited successfully secured a grant from the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia totalling Shillings 15 Million for the planned development of the ranches.

This included the construction of the perimeter fence, Valley dams, fixing Water channels, drinking troughs and staff quarters and the managers’ residences.

However, the above plan hit a snag resulting from the destruction triggered by the liberation War of 1979 that led to the ouster of President, Idi Amin’s government.

To be continued….

The writer is the spokesperson for the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.

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