Prince Dr Kassim Nakibinge Kakungulu, the titular head of the Kibuli Muslim fanction has spoken out on the sudden resignation of Sheikh Siliman Kasule Ndirangwa from the office of the supreme Mufti.
Speaking to Muslims gathered to pray for the late Hajji Sultan Buyonga at his home in Nakasoozi Buddo, Nakibinge pleaded to the Muslim community to desist from hypocrisy, terming it a deadly disease killing the Muslim community in Uganda.
“People nowadays cannot be trusted, they change everyday and don’t tell the truth, and always speak and want to hear only that which favors them. Such hypocrisy should stop because it is the cause of the current rift at the the Supreme Mufti’s office,” Nakibinge said, boldly mentioning Ndirangwa’s name.
Last week, Sheikh Ndirangwa announced his resignation from Buganda’s Masengere building which houses BBS terefayina, CBS radio and offices of BLB citing infighting amongst top Sheikhs at Kibuli which he said he could not stand.
However, credible sources in the office of the Supreme Mufti revealed to theGrapevine that Ndirangwa had resigned after learning that he was going to be impeached by the council of eminent Sheikhs on grounds of incompetence and abuse of office. The council under the supervision of Prince Nakibinge accused Ndirangwa of frequently meeting and receiving gifts from president Yoweri Museveni without the permission from fellow leaders.
Apparently, early this year, Museveni donated eleven cars to Kibuli Muslim faction to be given to different leaders especially district Khadis, something that didn’t go down well with Prince Nakibinge-he directed that the cars be parked at hotel Africana untill Ndirangwa would provide answers how why the cars were given to them and the procedures to follow when distributing them amongst the beneficiaries.
Sources intimated to theGrapevine last month that Sheikh Ndirangwa without consulting the council of eminent Sheikhs and Prince Nakibinge went ahead and distributed the controversial cars to district Khadis, an action which hammered the last nail in his coffin as the Supreme Mufti.
Sources from Sheikh Ndirangwa’s camp revealed that the soft spoken man from greater Masaka was pressurized by State House officials to distribute the cars to the beneficiaries on camera before May when president Museveni is set to be sworn in as the newly elected president of Uganda.
SHEIKH KIBAATE APPOINTED ACTING SUPREME MUFTI
Meanwhile, the council of eminent Sheikhs lead by Sheikh Muhammad Lunanoba has appointed Sheikh Muhamood Kibaate as the acting Supreme Mufti until a substantive leader is appointed. Kibaate confirmed the development and is now acting in three capacities; as the supreme Mufti, the first deputy Mufti and the second deputy Mufti after the death of Sheikh Habib Kabaasa.
“Thee operations of the office of the supreme Mufti are going on normally and I call upon all Muslims to remain calm because there is no crisis despite the resignation of Sheikh Ndirangwa,” Kibaate said.
An inside sources from the council of eminent Sheikhs told this website that the substantive Mufti is expected the be announced this month or early next week because they wanted to fill other vacant positions in the office of the supreme Mufti including the office of the director of Dawa and the spokesperson of office of the supreme Mufti which was left vacant after the death of Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata Batte.
Other offices to be filled also include the office of the secretary in the council of eminent Sheikhs after the death of Sheikh Anas Kariisa, office of the Secretary General after the suspension of Sheikh Muhammad Kigozi Ssetyabule. Inside sources intimated to this site that among the candidates to choose the next supreme Mufti are; Sheikh Yahaya Ssemuddu, former Uganda’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Adbul-Hafiz Walusimbi, a lecturer at Uganda Islamic University in Uganda and Sheikh Abdul-Noor Kakande, the Kayunga-Mukono district Khadi.
By Alirabaki Sengooba