Muslim Tabliqs in Uganda have made their first step forward reconciling with the Muslim community from Kibuli Mosque.
The meeting was held at prominent Muslim leader Prince Kassim Nakibinge’s home in Kibuli to discuss the reconciliation process.
The delegation was led by Sheikh Sulayiman Kakeeto and Siraji Kifampa, the spokesperson for the tabliqs.
The two Muslim factions have been at each other’s throats since 2014 over various disagreements on how the faith should be run in Uganda. They have accused each other of complicity or failure to stem the murder of several Muslim leaders.
Tabliq spokesperson Kifampa said those disagreements will soon be a thing of the past. He said that all Muslims should work together to find out who is responsible for the murder of their leaders.
Kifampa also apologised on behalf of the Tabliqs for any public utterances that angered other Muslims in their fights.
Imam Kasozi said the gesture is meant to unify Muslims so that they can regain their prestige and standing. He lamented the lost time and cost to Muslims like falling standards of schools because of the disagreements.
Prince Nakibinge welcomed the Tabliqs and pledged to work with them to iron out all differences. He said the reconciliation was timely as it would see an end to bickering that weakens the Muslim community. He said urged all Muslims to continue to pray from wherever they are comfortable but to desist from further fights.
Muslim leaders killed recently
April 20, 2012
Sheikh Abdul Karim Sentamu, a prominent Muslim scholar, was gunned down on William Street, Kampala moments after he left a mosque on the same road. His death caused outrage in the Muslim community and police vowed to hunt down the killers.
June 22, 2012
Abubaker Kiweewa was shot dead by unknown assailants at 9pm on Friday within the premises of his Prime Supermarket in Kyanja, a city suburb.
December 25, 2014
Abdul Kadir Muwaya, the Shiite leader popularly known as Dakhtur, was gunned down on Christmas Day at his home in Mayuge District. He was killed at around 9:30pm.
December 28, 2014
Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga was shot dead at Bwebajja Mosque on Entebbe Road. He was shot five times; three bullets in the left limb, one on the head and another in the stomach as he was going for Ishae prayer (the last prayer of the day).
March 30, 2015
Like the Muslim Sheikhs, unidentified assailants riding on a boda boda motorcycle gunned down Joan Kagezi, the senior principal state attorney in Kiwatule, a Kampala suburb, where she had made a stopover to buy fruits. Kagezi, who was a prosecutor in the July 2010 twin bombing trial, was shot twice at close range by the assailants at around 7 am while she was seated in her official car.
May 21, 2015
Sheikh Abdulrashid Wafula, the Imam of Bilal Mosque in Mbale Town, was gunned down at around 9pm at the gate of his home in Kireka Village, Nakaloke Town Council, Mbale District.
June 30, 2015
Sheikh Ibrahim Hassan Kirya was shot dead by unknown assailants on a bodaboda motor cycle in Bweyogerere, Wakiso District. He was on his way home and had crossed the road to buy some passion fruits when the incident happened. Three other people were wounded during the incident. Sheikh Kirya had earlier informed police that he feared for his life after a number of his colleagues were killed in related incidents by unknown assailants.
Additional information sourced from The Daily Monitor