Officials of Al Istiquama International Muslim Community Uganda have denied reports that they are involved in recruitment of rebels for the Allied Democratic Front (ADF).
During a press conference held at the organization’s headquarters In Bugiri yesterday 13th July 2020, the chairman of the community Sheikh Salim Kyiriswa said they have never been involved in any illegal activities like it was reported in the New vision and its sister paper, Bukedde.
He also revealed that another organization has for the past 5 years been involved in charity work like construction of mosques, boreholes, schools across the Busoga region using its name.
Kyiriswa said they filed a case at Bugiri Central Police Station last year against the proprietors of the organization based in Mpigi after discovering they had also registered with the national NGO board using its brand name Al Istiquama International Muslim Community Uganda.
He said the reports in the media have depicted a negative image before the public who are now branding them as rebel collaborators against the ruling government.
“We are law abiding people who cannot get involved in activities that we believe are illegal,” he said.
The organization has so far constructed 100 mosques, 36 schools, and drilled 245 boreholes across Busoga region and its surrounding areas.
Early last year, the Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubajje while commissioning a multimillion mosque constructed by Al Istiquama international Muslim community Uganda at Nankoma town council in Bugiri district described the chairperson who is the founder member of being a devoted person, hardworking determined to serve the Muslim faithful.
The secretary Al Istiquama international Muslim community Uganda, Daggy Mukose said they were shocked to read in the press reports that the organization is not recognized by the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council yet the Mufti of Uganda had on three occasions commissioned mosques constructed by the organization.
The district Khadi, Bugiri, Sheikh Amuza Igulu said the organization has for the past five years been involved in charity work and not any illegal activities as reported in some sections of the media.
“We as UMSC recognize the role Al istiquama is dong in order to promote the Muslim faith country wide,”he said.
A member of UMSC Bugiri, Hajji Musa Balikowa urged media personnel to always thoroughly cross check facts before publishing stories.
The District Police Commander (DPC) Bugiri, Jeff Sebuyungo said the organization had registered a case against the proprietors of an organization based in Mpigi for using its brand name.