The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) spokesperson Haji Nsereko Mutumba has won a human rights award from Muslim Center for Justice and Law (MCJL), a Muslim based human rights organsation. The award ceremony took place yesterday during the first National Muslim Human Rights Conference at Hotel Africana and it was presided over by the State Minister for Tourism and Antiquities Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda Ssubi, who was standing in for the Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament. While handing over the award to Haji Mutumba, Hon. Kiwanda said it was long overdue. ‘Thank you MCJL for recognizing a long time defender of the rights of Muslims in Uganda” Hon. Kiwanda said. The MCJL President Jaffer Senganda said Haji Nsereko Mutumba was recognised for his dedicated service to Islam and Muslims in Uganda in his previous capacities and his current capacity as the UMSC spokesperson. “He has defended Islam and the right of Muslims in Uganda without fear or favour” Senganda said. Haji Nsereko Mutumba expressed gratitude to MCJL for recognizing him noting that, throughout his experience as a businessman, Founding Director of Foundation for Islamic Development (Uganda), farmer and now UMSC spokesperson, he has invested time and resources in defense of Islam and Muslims in Uganda. Haji Mutumba was among the individual category award winners while the media category was won by NBS TV and the Vision Group. The community category award was won by the US Mission Uganda, TROCAIRE, and the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) among others. The overall human rights champion award went to Counsel Ladicius Rwakafuuzi, who was recognised for defending the rights of many Ugandans in courts of law. Other human rights defenders recognized by MCJL included Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana, Justice Moses Mukiibi, Margaret Sekanjja and several others.