UMSC reassures Muslims on regional structures

The UMSC Secretary General Hon. Haji Ramadhan Mugalu has assured Muslims that, the soon to be inaugurated UMSC regional structures are for the good of the Muslim Ummah in Uganda. He was addressing journalists during a UMSC monthly Press Conference held today at the UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala. The Secretary General said that, UMSC introduced the regional structures to improve service delivery and give more powers to the grassroot structures. He said, with the exception of a few descanting voices, the UMSC decentralisation initiative has received wide support from stakeholders across the country. “Therefore, the council has no regrets for taking services nearer to the Ummah through the UMSC regional structures” Hon. Mugalu said. He advised those opposed to this development to read the UMSC constitution Article 12 (B) which empowers the UMSC management to initiate and create new offices for the smooth running of the council. He further noted that the UMSC Regional Structures were endorsed by the UMSC legislative body – the General Assembly. The Secretary General also unveiled the latest developments at the UMSC Headquarters which included the inauguration of a big Mosque in Mukono town, the opening of the biggest Mosque in Kitgum and the inspection of the Lira Mosque construction by His Eminence the Mufti, which had stalled since 1979. The above mosque projects are a result of the Mufti’s lobbying of Turkish donors who include Diyanet, which constructed the Mosque in Kitgum and one in Lira which is expected to be complete by the end of this year. Once complete, Lira Mosque which was started by President Idi Amin Dada will be the second largest Mosque in Uganda, after the National Mosque. He also briefed the media about the ongoing official visit to Cairo by H.E the Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje where he is attending the 28th Conference of the Grand Council of Religious Affairs. On the side of education, the Secretary for Education Shk. Juma Bakhit Cucu said His Eminence the Mufti of Uganda Shk. Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has lobbied scholarships from different countries including those for primary and secondary levels. Regarding the status of Muslim schools, he informed Muslims that, schools like Bwaala Muslim Primary School, Nateete Muslim and several others have tremendously improved in performance after coming under UMSC management. Out of the 30 candidates who sat for PLE in Bwaala Muslim Primary School in Masaka, 27 passed in first grade.

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