The ruling NRM Poor Youth faction alleges that the head of Daawa of the Kibuli Muslim sect, Sheikh Nooh Muzaata, is a known spy of President Yoweri Museveni.
Sheikh Muzaata’s made news recently when he released an audio, which went viral on social media, in which he reprimands Muslims for contributing money to Buganda’s development campaign when their mosques are in a despicable state.
He further attacked the Buganda Prime Minister, Peter Mayiga, for “going a begging” in the guise of soliciting funds (etoffaali) for the reconstruction of Kasubi tombs.
The first person to attack him was singer Bobi Wine in an equally charged missile.
Days back, Buganda loyalists in Kampala central business district put aside a day and carried placards chanting anti-Muzaata slogans who they accuse of trying to frustrate programmes intended to develop the Kingdom.
In turn, Katikkiro Mayiga and Mengo have opted for silence as regards the radical Muslim leader and his anti-Buganda stance.
Brush with NRM Poor Youth
The Sheikh has also reportedly extended his biting attacks on members of ruling NRM Youth groups.
NRM Poor Youth Forum chairperson, Adam Luzindana, told us that Sheikh Muzaata is not only a confessed “liar but a spy as well”.
“He has been telling Muslims that Museveni abused us when we formed NRM Muslim Youth Forum. Was Muzaata in our meeting with the president? Where is he getting this information? Is he a statehouse staff?” queried the charged Luzindana.
Luzindana said they now know “Muzaata is Museveni’s spy” and has totally “betrayed Muslim youth who he keeps reporting to security”.
He further alleged that Muzaata earns a salary from the Uganda Police Force although the capacity in which the Sheikh receives the salary is still unknown.
“Muzaata is a liability to the prosperity of Muslims in Uganda.”
Why Museveni disbanded NRM Muslim Youth Forum
The NRM Muslim Youth Forum was formed to woo Muslim youth across the country to vote former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, as president of Uganda come 2016.
“But were also concerned that Muslims were benefiting less from the government despite the fact that we have many Muslim graduates.”
Luzindana told us that President Museveni never abused any member of NRM Muslim Youth Forum but that they agreed with the President to stop the recruitment of Muslim youth into the forum.
“We also agreed to reduce on our activities though the President directed that we disband the Muslim youth forum which was about to elect our Muslim Youth Mufti,” Luzindana narrates.
“We respected the President’s view that the group was going to bring about sectarianism and hatred amongst Muslim youth fraternity.”
He clarified: “The President did not abuse any of us as Muzaata is telling Muslims.”
The founders of the NRM Muslim Youth Forum were Luzindana Adam Buyinza, Walusimbi Shakur, Isa Kato, and Hassan Mukibi.
The group had three meetings with the President on the issue of Muslim Youth Forum NRM branch.
All meetings were held at Entebbe State House and attended by among others; H.E the President, Walusimbi Shakur, Hassan Mukibi, Hon Evelyn Anite, Anyine Janet, Duncan Abigaba, Namara Dennis, David Kabanda, Kitata Ibrahim, Nasur Gadafi, Kavuma Samuel, and many more.
The youth told the President that Muslims were marginalised in both NRM and government such as permanent secretaries, RDCs, ambassadors, ministers, commissioners, etc.
The youth further met Museveni at his country home in Rwakitura accompanied by members of Great 24 youth leaders, a youth leadership committee which the President formed to meet him regularly to discuss youth issues.
“In all our meetings, we did not see Muzaata,” Luzindana remarks, wondering: “Where is he getting the information? Muzaata should behave like an old man and a sheikh or we have doubt in him.”
The youth have advised Muzaata to concentrate on Qur’anic teaching and avoid attacking and insulting leaders of cultural institutions.
“Muzaata is a money monger and a corrupt Muslim this country has produced. We know why he has been abusing the mufti of Uganda. But we advise him to concentrate on Islamic teaching.”
The youth further wondered when Muzaata was appointed the spokesperson of President Museveni.
“Muzaata must know that he is a sheikh but we are better than him in terms of religion and our contribution to Islam will be judged by Allah but Muzaata is only enjoying on this earthly kingdom,” Luzindana concluded.
We haven’t been able to reach the controversial Sheikh Muzaata himself for a comment.
Last year, Muzaata, went on record after he criticised Kawempe Division Mayor, Mubarak Munyagwa, for leading a prayer for the downfall of President Museveni’s regime.