A reasonable number of Muslims Friday walked out on the country’s President, Yoweri Museveni, at a prayer gathering in Masaka district.
According to URN, dozens of Muslims walked out of Eid-Al-Fitr prayers at Masaka Central Mosque claiming that the religious gathering had turned into a political campaign.
They walked out as President Yoweri Museveni delivered his speech to the congregation, gathered to commemorate the end of the holy month of Ramadhan.
President Museveni, who arrived at the venue at 10am, was welcomed by a number of government officials led by state minister for Agriculture Vincent Ssempijja, Joseph Kalungi, Masaka LC5 Chairman and Muslim leaders led by Sheikh Swaibu Ndugga.
Museveni started by congratulating “Muslim brothers and sisters” upon completion of the month of Ramadhan.
He then urged families to educate their children for the better future of Uganda.
However, he later delved into political talk which repelled many Muslims forcing them to walk out, one after the other, and attend to other “important matters”.
They were later overheard outside the mosque saying they had gone to praise Allah not listen to political speeches.
This was the first time President Museveni was attending Eid-Al-Fitr prayers at the mosque.
Despite the humiliation, Museveni went ahead and delivered his speech and by the time he concluded it, half the congregation had left the mosque.
He still joined the rest of the prayers held at Masaka Golf Course.
Here, Museveni asked Muslims to solve their internal conflicts and unite.
The president has also asked the Muslims to stay calm about the ongoing killing of Muslim leaders in the country saying that his government is doing everything possible to deal with those who commit murders.
He donated Shs 20m to the Kibuli faction and another Shs20m to the Old Kampala sect.
Meanwhile, the humiliating public spectacle and affront to the Head of State comes at a time tensions are rising in the South Western region of the country between Muslims and Christians.
The tensions heightened on Monday when Muslim Preachers led by a one Sheikh Ibrahim pitched camp in front of Kabale All saints church and openly attacked the Christian faith, drawing protests from the Christians in Kabale Municipality.
Christians who described this as an act of provocation reported the matter to Police. The group was subsequently shifted to an open space near Kabale Central Market.
But the change of venue did not solve the problem as Christian leaders contested the message spread through the one week campaign.
Kigezi Diocesan Bishop Rt. Rev. George Bagamuhunda reported the matter to police calling for its intervention to avert a possible outbreak of violence.
He accused the Muslim leader Sheikh Ibrahim Byomuhangi of distorting facts about Jesus and the bible.
Police had to come in to restore order.