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Muslims factions’ row over slaughter rights

By Vision Reporter

Added 8th January 2012 11:55 PM

A ROW has erupted in Luweero between Muslims loyal to the mainstream Mufti , Shaban Mubajje and those belonging to the Kibuli-based rival Mufti Zubair Kayongo’s faction, over which side has the right to slaughter animals in the District.

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By Frederick Kiwanuka    

A ROW has erupted  in Luweero between Muslims  loyal to the mainstream Mufti , Shaban  Mubajje  and those belonging to the Kibuli-based rival Mufti  Zubair Kayongo’s  faction, over which side has the right to  slaughter  animals in the District.

Each of the two sides has installed their District and sub-county slaughter officers, in the wrangle which has escalated into hot verbal exchanges, prompting the District security committee to intervene on Thursday.

The wrangle  which   started  around Christmas time, was after the Old Kampala  based  Mainstream  faction  loyal  to Mufti Ramathan Mubajje ,replaced  Sheikh Issa Sentoogo, whom  the Kayongo’s faction  had installed  as the District  slaughter officer  with Yasin Doka  who is pro- Mubajje.

After being appointed the pro-Mubajje District  slaughter officer, Yasin Doka  went ahead to appoint Issa Matovu   as  the sub-county  slaughter officer  for  Kikyusa sub-county in Bamunanika county, replacing   Muihammad Lukwago  who  had been appointed by the pro-Kayongo  faction.

An impromptu meeting to resolve the dispute, which was convened by the Luweero Resident District   Commissioner, Paul Lubowa, yielded no fruits after the two sides failed to reach a compromise.

The pro-Kayongo Moslems argued that the Old-Kampala based Mubajje faction had no right to impose officials ion them, while those of Mubajje faction, accused their Kayongo counterparts of lacking legitimacy.

It was resolved during the meeting which was held in the Luweero District council hall that both sides, be stopped from slaughtering animals until the issue is resolved.

An interim committee chaired by Juma Katende who is regarded as being neutral, was instituted during the meeting to take over the responsibility.

Muslims factions’ row over slaughter rights

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