His Royal Highness Isebantu the Kyabazinga of Busoga, William. W. Nadiope Gabula IV on Sunday evening hosted His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje at his newly built Igenge Palace overlooking Jinja City.
The visit excited Busoga kingdom loyalists who described the event as historical and the first of its kind in the recent past.
Speaking at the colorful event, Mubajje paid tribute to the Busoga Monarch for restoring sanity in the Kingdom. He pointed out that the government, religious and cultural institutions need to work together in areas of education, health and economic development to benefit ordinary citizens.
He also told the gathering that the Inter- Religious Council of Uganda-IRCU voiced its concern on the ongoing campaigns and urged key players to refrain from all acts of violence and engage in peaceful activities to promote national unity, peaceful co-existence and safeguard lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On his side, Gabula said Busoga Kingdom treats its subjects equally and it the reason that Muslims occupy top positions in his administration. He donated 2 acres of land at Igenge hill for the purpose of promoting Islamic activities in Busoga Muslim Region.
The event was attended by several prominent personalities including the Katukiro of Busoga Kingdom Prof. Joseph Muvawala, his deputies Prof. Muhammad Lubega and Haj. Osman Noor Ahmed, members of the business community, the 2nd Deputy Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa, UMSC National Chairman Dr. Abdul Kadir Balonde and Members of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Management
Earlier on, the Mufti commenced the tour in Busoga Muslim Region by opening Regional Offices at Bugembe. He also presided over the launch of Busoga Muslim Professional and Entrepreneur’s Consortium, which aims at bringing together influential Muslims to network in various areas with the purpose of developing Muslim infrastructure like schools, vocational institutions, health facilities and engage in charitable activities in the region.
Mubajje used the same function to praise Muslims in Busoga for exhibiting high levels of organization, “which is a clear indicator that Muslims have the capacity to prosper just like other communities in the country.”
He also revealed that his dream before assuming the mantle of Muslim leadership, saying he wanted to see that UMSC regains its image as a self-sustaining and vibrant institution to help develop the Muslim Community in Uganda.
The Mufti told the gathering that despite facing numerous challenges in his tenure, UMSC has managed to stand independently without relying on foreign donations. He said they established the regional administration to help mobilise Muslims to use their own resources to develop their respective areas. He also thanked Professors; Dr. Muhammad Lubega and Dr. Juma Balunywa for the powerful presentations on topical issues that will help transform Muslims in Busoga and Uganda as whole.
Mubajje argued Muslims especially the elites to emulate and take the two as examples by sharing knowledge and committing their own money to promote Muslim activities.
“I want to urge Muslims to refrain from all acts of violence and elect leaders who ready to promote both National and Muslim interests in the Country,” he said.