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Rukiga, Rubanda District Leaders Accused of Discriminating Against Muslims

Leaders in the two newly created districts of Rubanda and Rukiga are being accused by the Muslim community of discrimination during the process of staffing the various positions in the districts.

Issa Tindyebwa, the Chairperson of the Kabale Muslim District Council, says the districts of Rubanda and Rukiga are emphatic on not giving the jobs to Muslim contenders; which is a different story in Kabale district where several Muslims serve in various civil service positions.

Even on the district service commissions of the two new districts, Tindyebwa says, there is not a single  Muslim.

“We would like to remind the district leaderships especially LC5 Chairpersons to know that Muslims are voters like any other person,” he warned.

Sheikh Kabu Lule the Kabale Muslim district Khadhi says Muslims in the two districts are being discriminated by the leaders unlike other religions.

As Muslim leaders, he says, they have tried on several occasions to engage the LC5 chairperson Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema of Rubanda and Dr Alexander Kampikaho of Rukiga but with no success.

In response however, Hajji Badru Ssebyala, the outgoing Rubanda Resident District Commissioner (RDC) attributed the apparent imbalance on qualifications.

He said Muslims in the two districts have failed to educate their children, adding that the district recruits civil servants according to their academic qualifications, not religion.

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