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Muslim leader protests arrest of 10 clerics

22 January 2015, 21:57 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - The national leader of Muslims in Uganda, Mufti Sheikh Shaban Mubajje has protested the arrest of 10 Muslim clerics on suspicion that they were responsible for the killing of fellow Muslim leaders.

In the last one week, police  has arrested at least 10 Muslim clerics in Kampala and its outskirts. The arrests followed the killing of four Muslim leaders in different parts of the country in December 2014 and January 2015.

Police insist that those being arrested are suspected to be responsible for the killings.

Mufti Mubajje has for the first time spoken about the recent arrest of Muslim clerics in the country demanding that government explains why the clerics are arrested in an arbitrary manner.

The manner in which they are reportedly arrested is unconventional with some being waylaid on their way home and others  grabbed from Mosques.

Among those so far arrested are Yunus Kamoga, Murta Bukenya, Fahad Kayondo, Abdul Kikubira, Sula Semabo and Swamaddu Ssegi. The most senior among those arrested is leader of Tabliqh Muslims in Uganda, Shiekh Yunus Kamoga.

Speaking during an interview in Kampala, Mubajje condemned the manner in which the clerics are being arrested requesting that government arraigns them before court if there are charges against them.

He said, ''We request the government to inform the public why some Muslim clerics are being arrested. The way they are being arrested leaves a lot desired. We are requesting that those arrested be taken to courts of law for prosecution within 24 hours as required by the constitution of Uganda.''

But the minister of security, Muluri Mukasa said that it is true some Muslim clerics have been arrested but added that the arrests are normal and that due process of the law will take its course.

He he said that those detained are not being held because of their religious inclination but because they committed an offense.

He said, ''Some people have been arrested on suspicion that they did something wrong. Due process of law will take place. Court will decide whether they are guilty or not.''

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