Lukwago: Mufti Kayongo was a Great Leader

Ugandans have described as “another dark day on the African continent” following a spate of horrific xenophobic murders in South Africa.

This week has seen a flare up of xenophobic violence in South African cities namely Durban CBD, shop drugs Kwazulu Natal, find discount Kwa Mashu and Umlazi, all in the native historic kingdom of the Zulu people.

Xenophobia is defined as having an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange.

The spate of violence has claimed lives of at least six people (to quote official figures) including a 14 year old boy.

NRM Youth activists under Ibrahim Kitatta said Thursday that the violence “has seen dozens of non South African black people injured and hundreds of peers displaced by the onslaught orchestrated by xenophobic black South Africans.”

It has been reported that the attacks were triggered  by remarks made by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini while addressing local policemen when he said that non south Africans should pack up and leave their land accusing them of numerous misdeeds amongst which is spreading the abuse of drugs, causing unemployment and fueling insecurity.

The cultural leader has since called for an end to the unrest, adding he was misquoted by the media.

Kitatta said where the whole continent has been looking at South Africa as a model nation; South African blacks have unveiled what lies beneath the hearts of natives of Afrique du Sud.


“These spontaneous prehistoric, pre-civilisation, stone age, barbaric attacks on others have an intention worse than that of the perpetrators of white supremacy and apartheid, only equated to what happened in Rwanda’s genocide of 1994 similar to unfortunate killing of Jews in Nazi Germany under Hitler and the like – all happening in a post Mandela, modern day smart phone technology era – What a shame,” said Kitatta.

Whereas reports indicate that the South African Police was complacent and / or indifferent to occurrences, more deployments have been made to calm the situation and also stop reprisals from non South African blacks acting in self defence.

Countries like Malawi have announced a repatriation of natives whereas Zimbabwe has condemned the attacks with a protest statement from a Cabinet a minister.

Stephen Twinoburyo, a Ugandan living in South Africa, shared: “I’m wondering, if all African foreigners go back to their countries as those hacking them down and looting their businesses are asking, will unemployed S Africans all of a sudden get jobs or have their lives improved? There’s a need to realise the positive contributions of black foreigners and Africa as a whole to SA.”

Edward Tujunire posted on Facebook: “Unfortunate killings and attacks on foreigners in RSA: If Ugandans were to retaliate, Game, Stanbic Bank, Shoprite, MTN, South African Airlines, Steers, UMEME and many other vital businesses would close, RSA would lose a lot of revenue.”

He added: “We provided assistance to thousands of South African citizens during apartheid including military training to ANC fighters at Kaweweta….South Africa should never forget our contribution towards their freedom and independence. Many other countries did a lot more for South Africa. They have more to lose if Africa retaliates for the unjust treatment of our people in that country. Africans should not let South Africa get away with its careless handling of the situation there.”

On his part, Kitatta said South Africa has an obligation under the 1993 Vienna Declarations to prevent xenophobia.

“We express our disappointment in the way this has been handled and call upon the African Union whose Commission Chair is Dlamini Zuma to do more. The statements made by King Zwelethini need to be investigated gor traces of inciting violence and spreading xenophobia.”

“The attacked blacks are fellow youth struggling to make ends meet and must be protected by their hosts,” he observed.
Embattled Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has hailed fallen Supreme Mufti Sheikh Zubair Kayongo as a great leader who served relentless during a period of turbulence in the Muslim community.

Supreme Mufti Kayongo aged, sales 81, buy passed on earlier on Thursday at Aga Khan Hospital in Tanzania where he had been rushed following an illness.

“He had a strong character as he led Muslims during a period of turbulence in the religion and his death is a big blow to the nation and all Muslims throughout the country, ” Lukwago said of the departed Supreme Mufti.

“The last time he made a public appearance was during the 60th Kabaka celebrations in Mengo but little did we know it was his last. It’s unfortunate he has died at a time when the turbulence that he has preached against in the religion has led to death of other great leaders among the Muslim Community.”

According to Lukwago, Sheikh Kayongo was at the forefront of uniting all Muslim factions in the country, adding that his death is a big blow to peace and stability in among the believers.

Born in Bbaale, Kayunga district to the late Hajji Sowedi Kayongo, Zubair  Kayongo studied at Katuumu Muslim school in Luweero before later joining  Lamu Muslim College in Kenya and later started teaching Islamic studies in 1955.

He served as Deputy Mufti in the 1980s under Sheikhs Luwemba and Ahmad Mukasawhen the later was leading the Kibuli based Muslim faction.

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