A few hours after the Court of Appeal overturned the conviction, life sentence and 30 year imprisonment against Amiir Ummah Shiekh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga and five others, the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) has applauded the court system “for the justice served.”
In a statement released this evening, signed by Ramathan Mugalu the UMSC General Secretary, the council officials have expressed gratitude to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for “being a good listener especially to the cries of the Muslims.”
“UMSC appeals to the freed Shiekhs and other Muslim sheikhs to remain obedient and good serving citizens as we continue to advocate for the release of other innocent imprisoned Muslims,” reads the statement in part.
In 2017, the International Crimes Division Court sitting in Kampala, convicted the four shiekhs of Terrorism charges. These included; Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, Murta Mudde Bukenya, Fahad Kalungi, Sirajje Kawooya, Sekayanja Abdul Salim and Kakande Yusuf.
Kamoga and three others were sentenced to life imprisonment while Sekayanja Abdul Salim and Kakande Yusuf were sentenced to 30 years in jail.
However, they later appealed on a number of grounds and today, September 2, 2020, the Court of Appeal, in the judgement read by Deputy Registrar Mary Babirye, has set them free after succeeding in their appeal.
These were in a group of 14 people who were acquitted of murdering Shiekh Mustafa Bahiga and Hassan Kirya as well as the attempted murder of Shiekh Haruna Jjemba.