The Uganda police has this afternoon stopped the planned National Muslim protest organized by Kawempe North lawmaker Hon. Latif Ssebagala.
Accrosing to CP Fred Enaga, this was foiled after realizing that the event was not cleared by the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), the Supreme Muslim body, legally mandated to oversee, all activities of the Islamic Faith in Uganda.
“This is to inform the general public and in particular, members of the Muslim community who were intending to participate in the National Jumaa Special Prayers, at Kololo Independence Grounds, today, Friday, January 18, 2019, that the prayers will not take place, after it was established that the religious gathering, that was being organized by the Parliamentary Imam, was not cleared by the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), the Supreme Muslim body, legally mandated to oversee, all activities of the Islamic Faith in Uganda.” He stated.
Enanga however challenged the organizers to seek clearance and make proper organization.
“The Police has asked the organizers to secure another date, upon harmonizing their request with the Supreme Muslim body, and also cautioned them, against proceeding with the religious event, due to lack of security clearance and the potential safety concerns in the wake of the recent incidents in our neighboring country.” He added.
He also said that thy want to reassure members of the Muslim community and the public at large, that all other prayers on this major day of the Muslim calendar, will proceed without any security concerns, as we await any other request that is in full compliance with the provisions of the Public Order Management Act, Section 5.