The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has raised concern about the underperformance of some of the lower Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC structures.
Mubaje made these remarks while opening a consultative meeting convened by the Halal department in the UMSC Conference Hall at Old Kampala regarding the proposed Halal policy.
According to Mubaje, while some of the regional and district Kadhis have performed well, many others have failed to perform to expectations.
“Some of you Kadhis have performed well while others have failed because I neither receive reports nor a phone call from you. What does that mean? I will soon visit your regions and will begin with those with problems. We shall come and sit to solve our issues,” he said.
Speaking about Halal, the Mufti noted that while Muslims are honored to slaughter animals and birds in the country, many of the lower local Muslim leaders have failed to maximize revenue from the sector.
“In Uganda, we see lots of foods on the streets and roadsides like roasted meat and chicken but it is surprising that UMSC is still struggling with funding. Our Imams, Twale Sheikhs, district and regional Kadhis complain of poverty. What is the problem? You being a district Kadhi what have you done to maximize the income from Halal? Is it left to the imams to decide what to send to you?” he asked.
He explained that UMSC has put in place many policies to help it deliver to the expectation of Muslims.
“Prior to my administration, we didn’t have policies in place, but we have now passed several policies to guide our work. We have passed many policies to ensure that UMSC delivers to the expectation of Muslims in the country. Therefore, if we don’t realize anything at the headquarters, we shall know that there is a problem somewhere in the region,” he said.
UMSC Secretary General, Ramathan Mugalu informed the participants that Halal encompasses all things including body creams, perfumes, and urged them to ensure that the concept of Halal is known, streamlined, and standardized countrywide.
Speaking at the same meeting, the UMSC Halal Secretary, Sheikh Muniru Ssebintu noted that they had decided to come up with a policy to streamline their activities.
“This is a very important activity we need your full participation to come up with a policy that will improve our work,” he said