The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has bade farwell to his right-hand man who has not only been fighting most his battles but also has been in fore front of the Muslim affairs over decades.
Haj Kamisi Kakembo Kiwanuka was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Bakijulula in Kalungu district on Monday following his death on Sunday morning at Nsambya hospital in Kampala.
Delivering a short sermon at the National Mosque in Kampala where he led the funeral prayers for the late, the Mufti eulogized him as unsung Muslim hero of UMSC, who dedicated his entire life to its service.
Mubaje recounted to the mourners how he came to know Kiwanuka before he assumed the Mufti’s Office and tasked the public relations office to write his biography for future generations to pick some lessons.
At the deceased ancestral home, several speakers including the head of the Elephant (Njovu) clan, his children, and friends, praised him as a family unifier and loving father who always ensured that they wore a smile on their faces.
They prayed for God’s divine mercy as they identified another person to take up his position. They also thanked the Mufti and the entire UMSC staff for all the support towards clearing their late father’s hospital bills.
Mubaje noted that the late was among the 15 Muslims from Buganda region who approached him to stand for the position of Mufti of Uganda.
“They told me how I had all the desirable qualities of the Mufti, to which I responded and gave thought,” Sheikh Mubaje recounted. Adding that, “Surprisingly, some members fell off the track as they began pestering him for material gains in the form of money and the deceased was one of few who remained with me in the struggle, which enabled him to witness several achievements, “he said.
He praised the deceased quoting Quran that Allah notes that among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah “Of them some have completed their vows and some still wait: But they have never changed.”
The Mufti noted that “the late died without betraying his commitment to serve UMSC, so let others emulate him.”
Mubaje urged Muslims never to copy the bad example of those who use funerals to preach hate, hurl insults against their perceived opponents, and politics of division.