President Commends Muslim Community
By Eva Nabawanuka Mukasa
KAMPLALA,Uganda, October 1-President Yoweri Museveni has commended the Moslem Community in Uganda for their unity and asked them to maintain that spirit of brotherhood.
The President was speaking on Monday evening during the Futur dinner that he and his wife Mrs. Janet Museveni, hosted in honour of the Muslim Community in the country held at State House, Entebbe.
He congratulated Moslems for having successfully completed the holy month of Ramadan, also expressed his condolences over the death of the Deputy Mufti Sheikh Twaibu Mukuye who passed away in Kampala last week.
Museveni expressed appreciation to Moslems for their unity regardless of their sects.
He reminded the people of Uganda that religion should be used as a tool of promoting unity adding that the Movement government guarantees freedom of worship as long as one’s belief is not in conflict with the national constitution.
The President lauded the good working relationship that exists between the Moslem community and the central government. He urged Moslems to get fully involved in development oriented programmes and pledged government support in education and health sectors, among others.
Museveni urged Moslems in Uganda to co-operate with other Ugandans to foster development especially now that the Prosperity for All (PFA programme) is already in progress.
He appealed to district Kadhis to join hands with government and spread the PFA gospel so that Ugandans in the countryside can realize improved homestead incomes.
He told them of a leading farmer Mr. Wakinya of Bududa who under the PFA programme is able to earn Shs.46 million per annum from a multiplicity of income generating projects such as bee keeping, coffee growing, piggery, poultry, matooke and fish farming, among others. He called on the people of Uganda to emulate Mr. Wakinya example.
The Mufti of Uganda, His Eminence Sheikh Ramadhan Mubajje, saluted the President for hosting the Moslem Community to an annual Futur dinner and said that it is symbolic of the spirit of brotherhood and non-discrimination. He urged Moslems to continue being humble and disciplined.
The Mufti commended President Museveni and the entire government for the efforts to bring lasting peace to Northern Uganda.
He also appreciated the government of Uganda for the contribution to the recent opening of the Gadhaffi Mosque, the hosting of CHOGM and the OIC meetings in the Kampala.
The Futur was attended by 3rd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Information and National Guidance, Al Haji Kirunda Kivejinja, Gender, Labour and Social Affairs Minister Hajat Saida Bumba, State Ministers for Gender Ms. Rukia Isanga Nakadama, of Water Ms. Jennifer Namuyangu, the Mayors of Kampala Al Hajji Nasser Ntege Sebaggala, Entebbe Kabuye and Jinja, among others.