Kawooya’s rosary rubs Muslims the wrong way


Muslims in Sembabule District have asked the district Woman MP Hanifa Kawooya to come clean on her alleged change of religious faith.

This comes a week after Ms Kawooya was seen at various public functions in the district wearing a rosary, yet she is a Muslim.

Sheikh Abdul Ssemakula, the deputy district Kadhi, Sembabule, said Ms Kawooya has to explain whether she does this to win political support from both Muslims and Christians, or she denounces the Islamic faith .

“She is free to belong to any religion of her choice, but she cannot belong to both (Islam and Christianity). If she is doing this for political reasons, let her come out and explain, if she actually denounced Islam, let us also know,” he said
Sheikh Ssemakula said on August 13, Ms Kawooya hosted some Imams at her home in Mitete Trading Centre in Mateete Sub-county and threatened to denounce Islam if they continue supporting her arch rival, Ms Joy Kabatsi, a former head of the legal department in State House. The latter has previously contested twice against Kawooya and lost .

However, during an interview, Ms Kawooya said being a Muslim does not stop her from visiting churches to greet her electorate.

“When I go to a Catholic institution, I must contribute towards its sustainability. Even if I put on a rosary, it does not stop me from being a Muslim. It is my right,” she said, adding, “Whoever is spreading such rumours is my enemy and doesn’t wish me well.”

She said she has immensely given financial and material support to Islamic institutions in the district