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FORMER BAMUNANIKA COUNTY MP ELECTED LUWERO MUSLIM CHAIRPERSON

By Mulengera Reporters

Ali Ndawula Ssekyanzi, the former Bamunanika County Member of Parliament is the new Luwero District Muslim council chairperson. The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UMSC Luwero District Electoral Commission Registrar, Gaddafi Bachu declared Ndawula elected after defeating his rival, Mohammed Matovu with two votes.

Ndawula polled 15 votes while Hajji Sulaiman Lukandwa trailed with three votes. The Electoral College comprised 32 voters including county sheiks and councilors who converged at Kasana UMEA Primary School to elect the new Muslim district leadership and representatives to the UMSC General Assembly.

The same delegates also elected Uthman Basajjanaku Lubega as Luwero District secretary after garnering 20 votes against 10 voters polled by his rival Abdullah Juma Farus. The candidates for the remaining positions sailed through unopposed. These include Abubaker Kalume, the Katikamu North parliamentary candidate, and District Amir Ishahak Ssenfuma who were declared unopposed to represent the district in the UMSC General Assembly, the supreme organ of the council.

Mustapha Habib and Jimiya Ssenkanja were also elected unopposed to represent the district at East Buganda region. However, the position of District Treasurer remained vacant after the aspirant failed to present his academic qualification. The position of vice chairman also didn’t attract any candidates.

Gaddafi said that they could organize fresh elections at later date to fill the vacant positions. Shortly after his election, Ndawula told URN that he has never participated in stiff elections like the Muslim polls, which he described as the most transparent in his career.

Matovu conceded defeat and was advised by his supporters to seek nomination for the position of treasurer in the by-elections. Sheikh Ramadhan Mulindwa, the Kadhi of Luwero Muslim District challenged the newly elected leaders to promote unity and development irrespective of their political affiliations or religious sects.

The elected members of the General Assembly will convene at UMSC Headquarters in Kampala city on December 2nd, 2022 to take their oath of office and elect the National Chairman and other leaders. At least 300 out of 335 mosques in the Luwero district participated in the UMSC elections-URN (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 0200900416 or email us at mulengeranews@gmail.com).

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