Muslims’ Demo Against Homosexuality Deferred

The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) called off the planned demonstration against homosexuality.

The UMSC headquarters had designated Friday, February 24, 2023, as a day to vehemently condemn homosexuality. In a statement dated February 21, 2023, copy of which URN secured, Sheikh Imran Abdunoor Ssali, the UMSC Religious Affairs Secretary, directed all District Kadhis across the country ensure that their Friday homilies, radio, and television programs condemn same-sex marriages. Sheikh Ssali further asked Kadhis to hold peaceful demonstrations in their towns against homosexuality in communities.

“Walks should be organized 10.00am to 12.00pm in partnership with the police,” the notice further reads in part.

Replying to a text message sent by Uganda Radio Network -URN asking how prepared they are for the planned demonstration, Sheikh Mulindwa has said that: “As Luweero Muslim District, we are planning for another Day.”He has further in a brief phone interview without divulging more details on why he has decided to postpone it, Luwero’s Sheikh Mulindwa has said that they will look into effecting that letter after the end of next week.

Last weekend, police in Mbarara arrested a businessman for allegedly sexually assaulting two young boys.The suspect was identified as Saturday Michael, 34, a trader and resident of Mbarara’s Kilembe cell Nyamityobora ward.Samson Kasasira. Rwizi regional police said the suspect sexually assaulted two boys aged 18 and 17 between January and February 2023, until one of the victims reported to police on February 6.

During celebrations to mark the Janan Luwum day, on February 16 in Kitgum, President Museveni praised the Ugandan Anglican church for severing ties with Canterbury, the seat of the Anglican Church worldwide after it blessed same sex marriages.He congratulated Ugandan believers for rejecting homosexuality. 

Also in a joint statement by the Inter-religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) signed by Dr. Steven Kaziimba Mugalu, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadan Mubajje, the Mufti of Uganda, chairperson of Uganda Episcopal Conference, Bishop Joseph Antony Zziwa, Pastor Joseph Serwadda, Bishop Joshua Lwere and Pastor Moses Ndimukika, president of the seventh-day church, the clerics urged Ugandans to resist the temptation to engage in such acts and protect African values and the sanctity of the family institution.

The leaders expressed concern that young people, mostly those in schools, have been lured into homosexuality with the promise of money, property, and a better future, and sounded caution against such temptations.

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