By Zziwa Ashiraf
Upon his appointment by the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council, UMSC Joint Session as the Chief Kadhi of Uganda, Sheikh Abdu Obeid Kamulegeya and his Deputy Sheikh Anasi Kinyiri took their respective offices pending the approval of the UMSC General Assembly that was scheduled to take place on Sept 5th 1983.
This happened at a time when the majority of Muslims had developed into a cult like following for Sheikh Mulumba due to their excessive love and passion for him.
When they learnt about the forthcoming General Assembly, Sheikh Mulumba’s confidants met for long hours plotting how to retain the solid support he enjoyed among the Muslims masses.
This also happened at the time Sheikh Mulumba was ill and admitted at Mulago National Referral Hospital where his wife the late Hajjat Biti was a Nurse in Ward 6.
Muslims jammed the corridors of the Ward where they struggled with the Hospital authorities as they tried to check on the progress of Sheikh Mulumba’s treatment.
On the other hand, work seemed to progress well at the UMSC Headquarters despite the fact that all staff believed to belong to Mulumba’s camp were subjected to unbearable treatment, which forced many of them to abandon work while others were forced to resign.
After Sheikh Mulumba’s discharge from the hospital, he found a hostile environment for him to continue serving as the Chief Kadhi at the UMSC Headquarters as Sheikh Kamulegeya had already occupied the office.
At this juncture, Sheikh Abdu-Kadir Mbogo then Kadhi Kampala Muslim District, accepted to accomodate the group at his Office on Plot No.30 William Street to act as their temporary base for their activities.
In a nutshell, Sheikh Mulumba agreed to form a breakaway faction from the mainstream UMSC leadership.
Mulumba’s group made massive Radio announcements informing Muslims and the general public that Sheikh Mulumba was scheduled to open temporary offices and hold his first Friday ( Juma) prayers at Plot No. 30 William Street, which belonged to UMSC.
Clad smartly in white Muslim attires, Sheikh Kassimu Mulumba led a procession withdrew several vehicles from his residence via Makerere Hill Road (renamed as Gaddafi Road) through Wandegeya trading centre and Bombo Road while waving to excited Muslims.
The procession paralysed business as shop owners and their customers came out to catch a glimpse of Mulumba’s convoy as they passed by. Each road junction was decorated with Banana stems and leaves signifying the royal procession of a Chief.
The author is the Spokesperson of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.