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.
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Muslims factions’ row over slaughter rights