President Idi Amin inaugurated Uganda's Moslem Supreme Council in Kampala on Thursday (1 June). The?
President Idi Amin inaugurated Uganda's Moslem Supreme Council in Kampala on Thursday (1 June). The Council was formed last month as a means of ending the factionalism, which has long divided Uganda's Moslem communities.
The Council, whose members are drawn from all Uganda's 20 districts, has ever-riding powers over all aspects of Moslem affairs in the country. When General Amin came to power, he banned divisions in the religions of the country. He has already united the Anglican Church of Uganda, which had split into several factions.
During the Supreme Council Inauguration ceremony, President Amin witnessed the installation of Sheikh Abdul Matovu as Uganda's first Chief Kadhi. His deputy is Sheikh Ali Kulumba.
Thursday's ceremony was attended by delegations from Egypt, Libya, Pakistan and Suden in addition to the large congregation of Moslems and other guests.
SYNOPSIS: A large congregation of Moslems and guest from other religious groups gathered in the Uganda International Conference Centre, in Kampala on Thursday, for the inauguration of Uganda's Moslem Supreme Council. The ceremony was attended by President Idi Amin who addressed the congregation. On the rostrum was Sheikh Abdul Metovu - to be installed as the country's first Chief Kadhi.
President Amin said that the growth of the Moslem religion had been slow in Uganda, because of factionalism. Now, he said, with the creation of the Supreme Council, Moslems of various sects will be joined together in a single organisation.
As an expression of confidence in the Council, President Amin handed over a cheque to the chairman.
During the inauguration ceremony, the President and congregation witnessed the installation of Sheikh Abdul Matovu as Uganda's first Chief Kadhi. He was sworn in by Sheikh Jazar from Egypt. Delegations from Egypt, Libya, Pakistan and Sudan attended the ceremony. The Deputy Chief Kadhi, Sheikh Ali Kulumba, was also sworn in at this colourful ceremony.
President Amin has dane much to end divisions in the religions of Uganda, since his rise to power. He has already united the Anglican Church of Uganda, and now the creation of the Moslem Supreme Council should be much to bring together the various seats of his own religion.