A bitter quarrel Friday ensued at Gadhafi National Mosque at Old Kampala between a group of people claiming to be supporters of People Power, Our Power Movement and another group that was opposed to their presence at the mosque.
This was after special prayers (Dua) that were organised by Mufti Sheikh Ramadhan Mubajje to pray for peace and stability in the country and Muslims who were killed under unclear circumstances as well as those in prison over what he termed as ambiguous crimes.
The rival group accused those, who wore red T-shirts inscribed with ‘People Power’ and ‘One Uganda One People’ slogans, of politicising the prayers.
However, the wrangle did not culminate in a fight.
When asked whether the group had been invited, the UMSC spokesperson, Haji Nsereko Mutumba said he didn’t see them because he was inside the mosque praying.
“Were they (supporters of People Power, Our Power Movement) at the mosque?” he asked before adding “I didn’t see them. We were busy praying inside the mosque.”
“People Power, Our Power Movement has lately gained more public traction and recognition after it was popularised by Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine. Mr Kyagulanyi is currently in the U.S where he travelled for specialized treatment following injuries he sustained when he was tortured by security officers in Arua last month.
During the prayers, the Mufti Mubaje said he recently visited Aballah Kitatta, the former patron of Boda Boda 2010 at Makindye Military barracks where he is currently being held and other various prisons where several Muslims and clerics are imprisoned over different charges including murder and terrorism.
“I found mostly young people between the age of 15 and 25. They asked me to tell those in authority to do something about poverty and unemployment in the country,” the Mufti said.
The Muslims accused government of targeting Muslims when a high-profile murder occurs.
The imam of the day asked security to stop arresting innocent Muslims.
When contacted however, police spokesperson, Mr Emilian Kayima said: “When making arrests, we don’t target people for their religion or political affiliation. Our Occupation policy doesn’t allow that.”
Hajj Abubaker Kawooya, the father of slain former Buyende District Police Commander, Muhammad Kirumira also attended the Old Kampala prayers.