Mbarara Muslims decry discrimination, want equal pledge like other religious denomination

Mbarara Muslims decry discrimination, want equal pledge like other religious denomination

Amos Tayebwa

Mbarara

Muslims from Mbarara at Nyamitanga Muslim Center led by Shek. Mohammad Mukwaya, the District Khadi have condemned imbalance and discrimination in the presidential pledges compared to other religious denominations in this area as far as infrastructure is concerned.

City Mayor, District Khadi, RCC, Division Mayor Jomo and other Stakeholders during the Launch

Shek. Mukwaya has revealed that comparing other religious centres, Government through Presidential pledges their infrastructures like roads were worked on.

However, Muslims from this area especially at Madrasat Nuruh Mosque Nyamitanga as the Center of Muslims in Mbarara feel like they were left out by the Government and feel discriminated against.

He said that Muslims from this area have not fully supported NRM in the previous elections because of one factor that the Government has not put in the infrastructure like they have put in the other religious Centers.

Shek. Mukwaya has also revealed that Nyamitanga Islamic center has about four schools which include Nyamitanga Muslim Primary School, Madrasat Nuruh P/S, Nyamitanga Muslim Secondary School and Shuhadah Islamic Secondary School.

“We ask the government through the presidential pledge to also consider us like the other neighbours of ours, we want our roads also be tarmacked. When You look at Nyamitanga Cathedral Center and the other side of protestants at Ruharo Cathedral Center all their roads were tarmacked. Why are we discriminated against?” said Shek Mukwaya.

Shek. Mukwaya made these utterances a few days ago during the launch of the construction of a staff Quarters building at Nyamitanga Muslim Primary School by Mbarara City South Division Council.

About six self contained rooms will be constructed at this school for the teachers accomodation. Nyamitanga Muslim P/S is a government aided school under islamic foundation.

According to Didas Muhanguzi, The Mbarara City South Division Town Clerk confirmed a 153M Development Grant from the Central Government which has been allocated to construct staff quarters at this school.

This project will be completed in a period of two months. He warned the Engineers and the contractors to work within the terms and conditions as they were stipulated and signed in the MOU.

He adds that the project management committee will work hand in hand with the council to continuously monitor to see if work is of standard and at the same time if it’s in accordance with the schedule and ensuring there is quality work.

Muhanguzi said that this initiative is aimed at promoting academic performance within this school and the development of this school.

The launch of this project was officiated by the Mbarara City South RCC Robert Kanusu, Mbarara City Mayor Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, Muslim Leadership and the entire Mbarara City South Division Leadership.

Robert Kakyebezi warned the Engineers about the embezzlement of funds on this project. He said that the government has put a lot of money on this project, therefore no one should attempt to misuse any single coin from this project.

” We don’t want this project to have issues, and I want to tell the Engineer that the moment this project gets issues You will be accountable for it,” said Kakyebezi.

Shek. Mukwaya praised and asked the government for more additional projects to the Muslim institutions.

“We finally appreciate the Council and the Government for having realised that as muslims we also exist and they decide to bring for us this project of a staff quarters house at our primary School. But the truth is that Muslims in most cases have been left behind in areas of infrastructures like roads. But we now thank them and request the Government to consider us for more, we also thank the Government and the Mbarara City South Division Council for this project and we request that if there is other addition of any assistance to be rendered to Muslims it will be a good venture” said Shek. Mukwaya, the District Khadi Mbarara.

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