THE Minister for the Presidency, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, has warned Christians against attempting to slaughter animals meant for public consumption, writes Geresom Musamali.
He said by tradition, the slaughtering is a preserve of the Muslims.
Bukenyaâ€™s warning comes amid reports that a former Muslim turned born-again Christian was inciting the public especially in Pallisa district to reject the tradition.
There has also been discontent in business circles over the monopoly of Muslims in slaughtering animals, with some people pointing out that in a liberalised economy there should be perfect competition.
â€œThis is not written down anywhere in the law but traditionally the Muslims have done a good job slaughtering our animals. The incitement against this practice should therefore stop. Let us allow the Muslims to continue slaughtering the animals because to them it is taboo to eat any meat that is not blessed,â€ said Bukenya.
Bukenya warned the media not to hype up stories to unnecessarily magnify the alleged tension between Muslims and Christians.
He was speaking on Friday after chairing a reconciliation meeting between presidential adviser on defence and security Lt. General David Tinyefuza and the Muslim community.
This followed a clash over noise levels in the neighbourhood of Tinyefuzaâ€™s Kyengera residence. Inspector General of Police Major General Katumba Wamala was present.
Wamala said one of Tinyefuzaâ€™s drunken bodyguards whose gun went off and scared the Muslims during the morning prayers was detained at Makindye Military Police barracks. Ends
Let Muslims Slaughter Animals â€“ Bukenya