Muslims Accuse Minister Muyingo of Partiality

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In short
The Luweero District Kadhi Mustapha Lule Khamis is accusing Minister John Chrysostom Muyingo who is also Bamunanika County MP for sidelining leaders allied to Mufti Ramadhan Mubajje Of Old Kampala faction and disrespect at functions.

Members aligned to the Old Kampala faction of the Muslim community are accusing State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo of partiality.

Luweero District Kadhi Mustapha Lule Khamis says Muyingo deliberately shuns leaders allied to Mufti Ramadhan Mubaje and instead promotes the agenda of the Kibuli based faction. 

Sheikh Lule alleges that on number of occasions, Muyingo has failed to recognize clerics under the old Kampala establishment and shunned invitations extended to him. Muyingo also doubles as a Member of Parliament for Bamunanika County, Luweero district.

Lule adds that although he shuns Kibuli backed leaders, Muyingo is often seen hobnobbing with rival Kadhi Abdul Kadir Kizza who pays allegiance to the Kibuli faction.
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Yasin Doka, a Commissioner at Uganda Muslim Supreme Council says several Mosques in Bamunanika County have denounced Mufti Mubaje's leadership and started paying allegiance to the leadership of Sheik Silliman Ndirangwa, the leader of the Kibuli faction.

Doka asks Muyingo to treat all factions equally.
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Sheikh Musa Kakande, the chairperson of Luweero Muslim District under Kibuli faction says that politicians should not be forced to pay allegiance to the leadership of Sheik Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje because several people lost trust in them for mismanaging Muslim properties.

But State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo denied taking sides in ongoing Muslim wrangles.  Muyingo says that he treats all people in his constituency as equal before God and called for reconciliation of warring Muslim factions.

Latest divisions within the Muslim community are traced to the 2009 split between the Kibuli based faction and the leadership of Sheik Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, the head of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council based in old Kampala.
The differences between the two groups have since spread across districts where rival District Kadhi's were elected. In Luweero there is visible animosity between members of the rival factions.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.