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MUK don In Dispute Over land ownership

Government has taken over the management of Kabigi Taqwa Islamic Institute in Bukomasimbi district in an attempt to ease the tension between Makerere University ( MUK ) lecturer Dr. Haruna Jjemba and Muslim community over its administration.

According to the RDC Sharon Ankunda’s decision on behalf of the district security committee at the school premises concluded that the government was in line with 2 court orders.

“There was an order that had been issued on May 20th 2022 maintaining the status quo at the time of filling the application. The foundation which ran the school last term continues to do so until the miscellaneous appeal is determined.”

She also remarked that the disputing parties shouldn’t neither harvest nor construct any other building until the determination of the appeal.

According to the new orders, it nullified the earlier one that had been issued by Julius Borore the deputy registrar of Masaka high court on April 6 2022 that left the school ownership under Sheik Abdul Jabber Idris Mawanda.

The RDC further stated that had carefully scrutinized the documents belonging to the land which had created tensions between Dr Haruna Jjemba and the Muslim community.

However the RDC tasked the DEO and the CAO yo manage the school as the security situation normalizes pending the disposal of the court case.

Prior to the dispute ,several decades ago prominent Muslims including the late Hamid Basajjabaka ,the father of Dr Jjemba teamed up and donated land to host several Muslim projects.

Basajjabaka donated 5acres of land ,later Sakib Bageda 2 acres ,his son the late haji Abubaker Mugerwa 1 acre, haji Musa Katungulu 7 acres and the late Muhammad Tabula 1 acre with a vision of having a center comprising schools right from lower to higher secondary, health center, mosque, student dormitories and school farm.

This however drew enthusiasm from Muslims in the area and other places who joined hands to donate funds for the proposal development which they even managed to secure funding from the Arab countries.

However the school gained recognition nationally and internationally though the land on which it was located on wasn’t titled.

As time went by Jjemba started claiming for the full ownership of the land so as to provide all the technical support to sustain the vision of the founders which unfortunately resulted into endless court battles leaving the matter pending in Masaka high court.

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