Museveni: UPDF Guarding Uganda’s Interests in S. Sudan

The Muslim reunion drive that unexpectedly started last week initiated by His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Sheikh, this site Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has gained more momentum.

This follows a joint second meeting held on Tuesday at UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala which was attended by thousands of Muslims youths from rebellious mosques towards Mubaje`s leadership including Nakareso Mosque, cialis 40mg Clock Tower Mosque, sickness William Street Mosque, Spidiqa Foundation Mosque and other Mosques in and around Kampala plus a representative from Uganda Tabligh (Zikiri Kalenge).

According to a statement released  by the UMSC, the Tuesday`s meeting was addressed by among others, the Amiir Daula Shk. Sulaiman Kakeeto, the acting Amiir Ummah Shk. Yahaya Mwanje and the Acting Deputy Mufti of Uganda Shk. Khatwib Mukuluwakika.

Chimpreports understands the Kibuli Mosque sect youth under Sheikh Kayongo however did not attend the said meeting.

The Acting Deputy Mufti of Uganda Shk. Khatwib Mukuluwakika applauded the organizers of the meeting and assured the audience that UMSC remains committed to the course of unity and development.

He said UMSC is a system that operates in line with the Islamic holy book, Holy Quran, Hadith and the UMSC constitution, noting that at UMSC Headquarters, unity is inbuilt and it is the duty of its leaders to spread it out to those who believe in it.

The unfolding developments come against the backdrop of heightened tensions and power struggles in the Muslim community, leading to murders of clerics.

In his remarks, the Amiir Daula Shk Sulaiman Kakeeto said that unity is a mission for the willing and that it cannot be imposed on the Ummah.


He urged Muslims in Uganda to embrace the current Muslim unity drive and bury their past differences.

The Acting deputy Amiir Ummah Shk. Yahaya Mwanje urged Muslims to resist the temptations of Shaitan (the devil) noting that the devils major mission is to turn Muslims against each other.

He commended Shk. Mubaje for keeping the UMSC gates open to all Muslims in Uganda and for standing firm in the face of a few Muslim individuals who use Islam for their own selfish interests.

He called upon Muslims to learn to forego personal interests for the good of Islam.

“Never celebrate victory at the expense of Islam, on the contrary, let Islam always be the winner at the expense of your personal interests,” Shk. Mwanje said.

He urged for calm amidst the current arrest and detention of the Amiir Ummah Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga and other Muslim clerics saying that the truth will prevail and they will be set free by Allah’s Will.
President Museveni has said Ugandan armed forces will continue its stabilisation mission in South Sudan to protect Uganda’s strategic economic interests, web Chimp Corps report.

The President, shop who ordered the deployment of elite military crack units in South Sudan after the breakout of war in December 2013, health said the country was the main destination for Uganda’s agricultural output thus attracting millions of dollars every year.

“Uganda has continued to help the people of South Sudan,” said Museveni.

“This was also to assure the people of Uganda of a market for their products,” he added.

Museveni made the remarks on Tuesday at the passing out ceremony of Army Officers between the ranks of Lieutenant Colonel and 2nd Lieutenant, who completed a two-month’ course in political education and leadership at the Oliver Tambo leadership Institute, Kaweweta in Nakaseke district.

The conflict has since increased insecurity along the Nimule-Juba road and led to a reduction in the exportation of Ugandan food and construction materials to South Sudan.

Before war broke out in December 2013, Uganda’s exports to South Sudan were valued at $220m per month.

In 2012, Uganda earned an estimated $1.3bn from exports to South Sudan, marking a tangible improvement from the $630m Uganda earned in 2010.

Efforts to find a political solution to the conflict are yet to bear fruit.

The UPDF has since promised to vacate South Sudan once IGAD deploys peacekeepers in the war-torn country.

Speaking at the function, the President further noted the need for Pan–Africanism in order for our prosperity to become a full reality.

He stressed the need to go beyond the region in order to feed the bigger market requires us all to work towards the unification of the African continent.

Museveni congratulated the Army leadership for continuing to expose Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Officers to political education.

“Political education is the food of ideology. It is very important that political education is emphasized in the Army. Ideology is the systematic way of how one looks at the World,” he said.

The President observed that this was the first time in Uganda to have peace for 29 continuous years adding that during the colonial rule, various groups in the country fought each other citing cattle rustlers who were active in the Karamoja Sub-Region as youths practiced the old ideology that fuelled insecurity to the people of the area.

President Museveni, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, said that the NRM Government made the conclusion that Uganda needs 4 major principles to progress.

He said that the most outstanding one was patriotism and noted that under it, sectarianism based on religion, tribe or gender chauvinism is countered.

He said that they were able to analyze and expose the bankruptcy of sectarianism adding that the most crucial aspect is that every family needs income, education, employment and prosperity.

He observed that the Banyankore who are his tribes mates do not help him towards generating income for his family. He attributed the issue to the fact that they neither buy his milk nor his bananas since they produce the same products. He said that the people that benefit him were the residents of Kampala who buy his products.

He revealed that the other factor was social economic transformation. He reiterated that poverty in families was due to lack of education and that poverty was being promoted by sticking to tradition such as the rearing of cattle using traditional methods.

He emphasized that we cannot behave in a traditional manner in a modern era adding that it was wrong to do things without serious analysis. He gave the example of the cultivation of tobacco that generates only Shs.800,000 per acre per annum and cotton which generates only Shs.400,000.

He said that this was a big contrast to fruits that generate Shs.8 million and above per year from the same acreage. He added that poverty was also partly caused by families that fragment their pieces of land upon the death of family heads. He stressed that the families should only share the income generated from their land instead of fragmenting it.

President Museveni said that the fourth principle was education noting that this was the reason for the NRM Government’s establishment and promotion of both Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) Programmes.

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