By Michael Bitunga
Security in Bushenyi district yesterday afternoon heavily deployed their long and short armed men to calm the situation as Ishaka Basajjabalaba mosque as the RDC Jolly Tibemanya re-opened it amidst resistance from some Muslims.
The mosque which was closed by the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council mid last year due to disagreements between tycoon Hassan Bassajjabalaba and some of the Muslims was re opened by the RDC.
However some of the Muslims were against it saying that those who brought in the fights and confusion were the ones still heading it.
” We hear that Hassan Bassajjabalaba is still the chairman of our mosque but we dont want him because he is the one who used to sell our property with Lukwago, therefore only the corrupt and bribers opened the mosque but the saved ones, we haven’t ,” one of the demonstrators lamented.
When the demonstrators wanted to enter into the compound of the mosque, the armed police stopped them which annoyed them and they started shouting plus singing Arabic songs.
When the DPC Bushenyi district tried to convince them to go back to their homes and come back on 17th April 2019 when Mufti will visit them, they asked him various questions which he told them he was not there to answer.
Then they tried to use force so the armed men had to put their guns and teargas bottles at work.
Reopening the mosque, the RDC urged the Moslem community to be Allah/God fearing and Law abiding citizens so as to avoid unproductive conflicts.
He assured them of security to ensure peace as they exercise their freedom of worship.
He handed the mosque and its property to the Supreme Mufti who was represented by Sheikh Badru Maaso.
Sheikh Badru Maaso said that prayers at the mosque will resume on 17 April 2019 and will be led by the Mufti of Uganda Ramadan Mubbajje
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