Dismissed Tabliq Muslim leader vows to stay

KAMPALA- Tabliq Muslim leader Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, who was voted out by a section of his executive last Thursday, has said his dismissal was illegal because those who moved a vote of no-confidence against him did not follow the required procedure.

Addressing Muslims after Juma prayers at Nakasero Mosque in Kampala on Friday, Mr Kamoga, who has been in office for five years, said the executive officials were driven by anger and bypassed the procedures of voting a Muslim leader out of office.

“Right from the word go it was clear that my brothers were violating the principles that govern us as a Muslim community. The meeting in which I was purportedly relieved of my duties was not convened by the secretary general and even the one who served as the chairperson of the day was not the right person to do that,” Sheikh Kamoga said.

He dismissed the allegations levelled against him that he was repressive and undermined other members of the executive He said if the allegations were true, those opposing his leadership would have raised the issue in the their executive meeting of November 25, 2014.

On Thursday, a section of Kamoga’s executive members passed a vote of no confidence against him accusing the Tabliq leader of being dictatorial and undermining other members.

Mr Ayub Nyende , the secretary general of the Muslim Tabliq Community, described the dismissal of Sheikh Kamoga as an act of indiscipline intended to divert them from demanding accountability and coming up with a constitution to govern their affairs.

Making constitution
“We shall not be diverted from the process of coming up with an acceptable constitution to govern our affairs as appears to be the case. Let our colleagues know that the era of people ganging up and confusing the community is over,” Mr Nyende said.

He said their draft constitution, which will be reviewed by the yet to be created Shuura Council on December 7, gives a leader a non-renewable five-year-term in office.

“Without the Shuura in place therefore, we cannot take any meaningful decision on the position of the Amir Ummah (Tabliq leader) and therefore whatever appeared in the media has no bearing on the administration of our community affairs,” Mr Nyende observed.

However, Sheikh Kamoga’s opponents have also vowed to inaugurate their appointed leader today, arguing that dialogue between the two warring groups had failed. President Museveni is expected to meet both Muslim groups from the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council and the Kibuli faction to reconcile them.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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