President Museveni Urges Chief Justice to Prevent Sale of Muslim Property

KAMPALA, (UG) –President Yoweri Museveni has written to Chief Justice Alphonse Chigamoy Owiny Dollo asking him to ensure the looming sale of Muslim property is averted.

In a December 7 letter, President Museveni says whereas he had heard about the wrangles, he did not interfere because he was sure there are national institutions to handle them, and consequently requested the Chief Justice to review the matter and see how to restore sanity.

This state of affairs came after businessman Justus Kyabahwa took the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) to court seeking to be compensated nearly Shs19 billion for failing to give him possession of a piece of land in Ssembabule district. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal in Kampala has today issued a temporary injunction against the sale of prime Muslim property within the city, after a decision by the court to allow an application by the Muslim leadership to stop the businessman from seizing and selling their properties.

The court, led by Deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera, and Justices Geoffrey Kiryabwire and Irene Mulyagonja, will issue a detailed reasoning for their decision overturning that of their single colleague Justice Christopher Gashirabake at a later date.

UMSC had appealed Gashirabake’s decision, and the three-justice panel granted them temporary relief, restricting seizure of the Muslim property until the appeal is heard and decided.