Following news that all Muslim factions in Uganda had Tuesday signed an agreement to form one unified body, Kibuli has come out to distance themselves from the process.
In a statement dated April 13,2022 and signed by Muhammad Musoke Kiggundu who is the Director of Communication, Research and International Relations in the Office of the Supreme Mufti, the Kibuli faction said that Mufti was not invited, nor involved in the said unity talks.
“We wish to inform the general public that, Supreme Kadgis and all our Muslim Leadership Structures countrywide that the Office of the Supreme Mufti was neither invited, nor involved in the purported unity talks,” the statement read in part.
“We therefore, in the strongest terms possible refute the impression created that Sheikh Silimani Kasule Ndiragwa, Sheikh Mahmoud Ssebuggwawo Kibaate, Sheikh Abdul Obeid Kamulegeya and Sheikh Hamid Kateregga have the mandate to speak for the office of the Supreme Mufti and they are not part of the Administration of the Office of the Supreme Mufti,’ it continued.
Kiggundu noted that the office of the Supreme Mufti is an independent legal entity with its own constitution based on the Quran to guide the actions and decisions associated with provision of ethical leadership and governance of Muslim Affairs in Uganda.
He said that the Kibuli faction is open to honest, genuine and sincere engagements leading to Muslim unity and quality service delivery to the Muslim community and thanked President Museveni for his efforts to unite them.
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to H.E the President of Uganda, Gen Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni for his untiring efforts and unwavering commitment towards the peaceful resolution of Muslim leadership affairs,” Kiggundu said in a statement.
Muslims who subscribe to the school of unity had started jubilating when it emerged that finally, the leaders were becoming one.
This is after a delegation led by the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Mubajje met President Museveni and briefed him about the two factions agreeing to reconcile and work together.
Part of the delegation comprised Sheikh Obeid Kamulegeya, Sheikh Muhammed Yunusu Kamoga, Sheikh Muhamood Kibaate, Sheikh Kasule Ndilangwa and Sheikh Hamid Umar Kateregga.
Others were Hajji Ramathan Mugalu, Hajji Faruk Kamulegeya and Masaba Muhamood.
Mubajje told the president that they had signed a unity agreement between Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), the Kibuli group and the Nakasero group to unite as one body at a function held at Gaddafi National Mosque in Kampala.
“We have sat down on both sides to forge a way of uniting and talking to each other. We now confirm that we have reconciled and that’s why we are here all together to inform you of this development,” Mubajje said.
In his response, the president commended the Muslim groups for this action and noted that different people have different talents and abilities which are useful only when they come together.
“The eight years I spent fighting Amin, I was actually helped by Muslims like Abbas Kibazo of Kibuli, Zubair Bakali, among others. So uniting with all groups including Muslims helped us win because unity is power,” the President emphasized.
Mr Museveni said his party,the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has always preached unity among the people because it discovered that unity is Strength.
“I am happy because we as NRM discovered long time ago that unity is strength. We have always preached against disunity. I want to thank you for reaching this unity,” the President said.