NEBBI. The continued division among key Muslim leaders in Nebbi is affecting infrastructural development of the district, an official has said.
Speaking during a meeting at Nebbi mosque on Wednesday, Sheik Salim Mursal Hussein, the secretary Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) Nebbi branch said the division among the leaders has led to poor infrastructural development in Nebbi district and West Nile at large especially in terms of construction of schools and mosques across the region.
“UMSC is not doing much in supporting the Muslim faith with education scholarships and construction of more mosque in the districts simply because its members are so divided down here," he said.
He noted that currently, there are some leaders moving across the district to divide the Muslim community in Nebbi.
“We shall not allow that to happen here. The fact that they have divided the Muslim community in Arua, they should not think they will do the same in Nebbi,” Hussein warned.
He instead urged Muslim leaders to work towards uniting the Muslim community in West Nile instead of dividing them.
The chairman West Nile region Muslim supreme council, Mr Muzamil Acon said it is worrying that the division which started in Arua is spreading to other districts in the region.
He called for the intervention of leaders whom he said should join hands and put their differences aside and work towards development.
“With infighting, there is nothing we can do because we cannot come to a round table and discuss development when we are divided," Acon advised.
The West Nile Regional Kadhi, Sheik Mahdi Mahmoud however, lashed out at Muslim leaders in Nebbi district for failing to lobby for developmental programs for their mosques.
Mahdi noted that the Muslim leadership in Nebbi district have for long failed to use their mandate to lobby for developmental programs from the UMSC.
“You have failed to be in touch with the UMSC for what you need and this clearly shows that you are not doing your work,” he said.
He added that due to lack of proper leadership in the district, they will continue to miss out on a number of programs which include education scholarships and infrastructural projects among others from the UMSC.
A section of Muslims in Arua recently brock away from UMSC led by Sheikh Shaban Mubajje and is now aligned to Kibuli sect led by supreme Shiekh Sulaiman Kasule Ndirangwa a move many views as dividing the Muslim faithful.