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Ugandan Mufti Condemns Brutal Arrest of Muslims

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The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubaje has condemned the brutal arrest and detention of Muslims in the country. According to Sheikh Mubaje, they are worried about the continued arrest of Muslims over numerous claims.

“We are worried about these arrests, which seem to be targeting Muslims,” he said on Monday. Sheikh Mubaje’s statement comes a few days after unidentified security operatives violently picked up five Muslims in Kampala last week shortly after they were granted bond at a Kampala court.

The five, were part of the suspects picked up by Uganda Police in connection with the killing of former police spokesperson, Assistants Inspector General of Police, Andrew Felix Kaweesi on March 17th, 2017 together with his bodyguard, Kenneth Erau and Driver, Godfrey Mambewo.

The trio was gunned down by two gunmen riding on a motorcycle minutes after leaving Kaweesi’s home in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb. Police swung in action and picked up close to 32 people in connection to the murder, majority of them Muslims.

But last week, court in Kampala released five suspects on bond. However, the suspects were intercepted by shabbily dressed men welding pistols and bundled brutally in private vehicles leading to angry protests across the country. Now, the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Mubaje, says the conduct of the security operatives is a vote of no confidence in the court system.

“We are worried about law enforcement in the country. There appears to be lack of confidence in the court system by our security agencies. It is expected that once law enforcers present someone in court and is set free by court that they will go home but the opposite is happening,” he said.

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The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubaje.

Adding that, “The arrest of people released by court is very worrying.” He said as Muslim leaders they are very concerned about these arrests that seem to be targeting Muslims. “This shows there is another motive in relation to Muslims. How come that other people who are arrested on similar charges are released?” he asked.

We ask president Yoweri Museveni to intervene and address this matter. “As a leader of Muslims I am disappointed with what we saw in the media that people who were granted bail by court were re-arrested and tortured,” he said. Adding that, “If these people have other cases why not bring all of them at once other than allowing court to release and then re-arrest them even before they get back to their homes,” he wondered.

Sheikh Mubaje said, “It appears courts don’t have any use. It appears security agencies have now the right to decide who should be released and not.”

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