President Museveni Expresses Shock Over Mosque Attachment, Writes Scathing Letter to Chief Justice

 President Yoweri Museveni has penned a scathing letter to the Chief Justice expressing his astonishment over a warrant of attachment and sale of the immovable property of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), including the National Mosque in Old Kampala.

In the letter dated December 5, 2023, President Museveni, who received a letter from His Eminence Mubajje, the Mufti of Uganda, expressed his disbelief that a judge would issue such orders. He questioned the rationale behind attaching a mosque or church for debts allegedly incurred by officials of the faith.

President Museveni emphasized the need for laws or, at the very least, common sense to protect institutions of worship from being affected by financial disputes. He called on the Chief Justice to review the matter personally and address the concerns raised by Mufti Mubajje.

The President's letter not only criticized the specific case of the National Mosque but also urged the Chief Justice to investigate other allegations of misconduct and collusion within the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. His Eminence Mubajje had reportedly highlighted additional examples of impropriety in his letter to the President.

President Museveni, known for his involvement in national affairs and championing the rights of various religious groups, expressed his deep concern over what he referred to as "sick logic" behind attaching the National Mosque. He called for a restoration of sanity in the handling of religious properties and urged the Chief Justice to address the matter promptly.

On November 29, sitting as a single judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice Christopher Gashirabake dismissed Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) appeal that had sought to stop the sale of its properties reasoning that the balance of convenience was to allow businessman Justus Kyabahwa to sell off the eight prime properties to recover his money.

"In the circumstances of this case, the applicant (UMSC) has failed to prove that it has a likelihood of success in the pending appeal or that it will suffer any damage or harm that cannot be atoned for by an award of damages. Clearly, the balance of convenience would be in not granting this application for stay of execution but to allow the party (the businessman) with the judgment in hand to proceed with the execution process," ruled Justice Gashirabake.

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