Ssemambo suspended amid impeachment process

Ssemambo suspended amid impeachment process
Sheikh Ssemambo

Sheikh Abdallah Ssemambo, the Deputy Mufti of Uganda, has been suspended from his position following an impeachment petition filed against him by the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC).

The suspension was announced in a letter dated December 22, 2023, by Hamadi Lubega Kisambira, the National Chairman of UMSC.

Ssemambo is accused of misconduct and violating the constitution of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.

The petition alleges that he disregarded the council's constitution and engaged in an irregular proceeding where he presented himself as the acting Mufti of Uganda, contrary to the UMSC Constitution.

According to the suspension letter, Ssemambo is suspended from office with effect from December 22, 2023.

He is barred from accessing the office of the Deputy Mufti during the suspension period and is required to surrender all official items belonging to the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.

He will receive half salary until the impeachment process concludes.

Ssemambo has been given seven working days to submit a written response to the petition.

He is also expected to attend a Joint Session hearing, where the petition will be heard. During the session, he is allowed to have a representative present.

As the governing body for Muslims in Uganda, UMSC plays a vital role in religious affairs and community leadership.

The impeachment petition against Sheikh Ssemambo underscores the importance of upholding the constitution and preserving the integrity of leadership within the council.

The ongoing impeachment process will be closely monitored to assess its implications for the council's operations and the broader Muslim community.

On Sunday, Sheikh Ssemambo was appointed as the acting Mufti to replace Mubaje.

This decision was made during a special session of the UMSC general assembly held at Gangu Muslim Primary School in Wakiso district.

The appointment followed a court order authorizing a special session to discuss the state of the UMSC and submit a report to the court.

The controversy surrounding the Mufti's position has its roots in various events, including the review of the UMSC constitution, the election period, and the December 2022 general assembly.

Conflicts emerged between the Hussein Bassajabala faction, led by Abdul Kyimba, and the Mubaje faction during the assembly.

Bassajabala sought to reclaim the position of chairperson but faced opposition due to his previous impeachment, which rendered him ineligible under the UMSC constitution.

Despite Sheikh Ssemambo's appointment, the UMSC has recently reassured the Muslim community that Mubaje remains the Mufti of Uganda, regardless of the recent developments.

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