UGANDA MUSLIM SUPREME COUNCIL, P.O BOX, KAMPALA
PROCEEDING OF THE EXTRA-ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL HELD AT U.M.S.C HEADQUARTERS FROM 4/12/86 AT 2:30 P.M TO 5/12/86 AT 11:59 AM
MIN. 1/2/86: OPENING OF MEETING:
(a) The meeting started at exactly 2:53 p.m with a recitation form the Holy Qur’an by Sheikh Abbas Kyambadde
(b) COMMUNICATION FROM THE CHAIR
In his opening address, the Chairman thanked the participants for having accepted the invitation to come and attend this important General Assembly meeting despite so short a notice and the apparent rumours that the Assembly would not be held. (The list of the Names of attendants plus that of the Chairman and his Deputy is attached to this Minute as Appendix “A”
He commended the Interim Administration of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council for the important task they had so far rendered to ensure a successful convening of the General Assembly – let alone having carefully looked after the property of the U.M.S.C
He reminded the members of the historic meeting that took place at Mecca which culminated into the Mecca Agreement.
The chairman later introduced, in absentia Dr. Bahfuzullah from the Muslim World League who, he said, had travelled from Saudi Arabia together with Sheikh Attas the Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim World League. These two high ranking officials came along way to attend the General Assembly Meeting in order to witness its successful implementation of Mecca Agreement.
After his opening address the Chairman called upon each member to introduce himself to the gathering there present. Following the introduction by each; a point of order was raised as to whether co-opted members were supposed to sit along-side the Councilors in the General Assembly. Other members also wondered why some of the councilors were omitted and instead had been replaced by others.
The Chairman then ruled that as for the co-opted members; they will only assume observer status; in otherwise, they will take part in the discussion but would have no rights to vote. As for the new members in the General Assembly; the Chairman explained that they were allowed – in as replacements for the members who had since passed away! Inna Lilahi Wainna illayhi rajiuun.
MIN. 2/12/86: MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:
A member proposed that minutes of the previous meeting should be read item by item which proposal was unanimously taken. However since the minute had been recorded in English, Hajj: Rwakaikara was therefore called upon to translate it in Swahili-which was later adopted as a correct record of the previous meeting of the General Assembly.
MIN. 3/12/86. MATTERS ARISING:
With the exception of a minor amendment to item (1) C that a comma be inserted immediately after the word “Success”; all members were otherwise agreed that there was nothing more to add to the pervious minute of the meeting.
(c) On a general note, the majority of members once again expressed concern that members who had been co-opted as observers should not, at the same time, be allowed to sit alongside the Councilors.
(d) On a serious note, the Chairman warned members to be serious while in the meeting since it was almost the end of the struggle. He strongly warned Councilors that whoever was not a member must move-out of the seats intended for Councilors. He also said that he would use his power to send out any member who starbonly did not respect ruling by the Chair.
(e) On a question of whether ex-officio members should not also sit on the observe side. The chairman ruled that ex-officio members should remain in their seats which were previously ear-marked for them and continue to follow the proceedings of the meeting as in the past. The Chairman’s ruling was unanimously agreed. On a point of order, a member asked the Sec. General to give his report. The Sec. General however replied that since this was an extra-ordinary General Assembly called purposely to discuss the Draft Constitution it would be more appropriate for him to give his full report in the next General Assembly; which explanation was accepted by the majority of members.
MIN. 4/12/86: VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS ON THE DRAFT COPY OF THE UMSC CONSTITUTIN.
When the meeting was called upon by the Chairman for members to submit their views and suggestions on the draft copy of the constitution- one member suggested that items (5-6) and (7-8) be reduced to two items only; since they were complimentary to each other. However, the proposal was not taken.
At this juncture another member then proposed that a sub-committed be formed as it was approaching night in order that they should report back their findings to the General Assembly the following day in a summarized from. This proposal too was not taken.
The Chairman of the constitutional committee later explained that a constitutional committee be allowed to give members guidelines so that it would be easier for them to understand the background leading to the proposed amendments. The suggestion was, however, opposed by some members. Instead members unanimously agreed on a proposal that the proposed amended constitution be discussed Article by Article the following day i.e. 4/12/86.
Before the meeting was adjourned the Chairman informed members that the chief Kadhi, who had gone to Mecca for the meeting of the Islamic University being built in Uganda had come back. He then called upon the Chief Kadhi to say a few words. The Chief Kadhi welcomed all the members who had come for this meeting and wished them success in their deliberations- Ishaallah.
Just before the adjournment some members complained about their feeding and accommodation in the Hotel where they had been booked; to which the Chairman instructed the Secretary General to seriously look into this matter. The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m. after members had unanimously agreed that it would resume the following day at 9:00 p.m.
OPENING OF ASSEMBLY MEETING THE FOLLOWING DAY
(i) The following day 4th Dec. 86, the meeting was opened by Ayah from the Holy Qur’an which was recited by Sheik Abbas Kyambdde.
(ii) The Chairman then called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. He said that the day’s business transaction would center on the Draft Constitution as presented by the constitutional committee and that each Article and/ or paragraph of the Draft constitution would be examined scrupulously as was agreed upon the previous day. Any amendments, deletions, insertions would thoroughly be discussed before any final decision was taken.
He said that it was important that since each member had been sent a copy of the Draft constitution a month earlier; he was sure all members had had enough time to study them carefully. He then invited the Chairman of the constitutional committee to introduce the subject.
The chairman of the constitution committee explained that the memorandum, which sets-out the aims and objectives of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council were left intact as in the case of the 1972 constitution; but that three new paragraphs were inserted to cover new field of activities the Council would engage in; which are as thus:-
Paragraph (m) to establish and carry-out all or any of the businesses of dealers and workers in cement, lime, plasters, clay gravel, stone, bricks, blocks, spin, concrete pipes, sanitary fittings and builders requisites and quarry dioners, builders general contractors and carriers.
Paragraph (n) to construct, erect, maintain and / or alter any buildings, machinery, plant or works necessary or convenient for the purpose of the council’s projects or assets.
Paragraph (o) to carry on any other business whether financial, manufacturing or otherwise, which may seem to the Council, of any such benefit or calculated directly to enhance the value of or render profit to any of the Council’s assets. To do all such other things as may be deemed incidental to or connected with or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them
The Chairman of the constitutional committee then appealed to members that they should refer to their Report which explains the draft constitution in detail
ARTICLE 2: COMPOSITION AND REPRESENTATION:
For the purpose of these Articles Uganda shall be divided into twenty six Muslim Districts as against the proposed fourteen.
(I) The first 19 districts indicated above shall be represented on the General Assembly by five representatives and the rest shall be represented by three each.
(II) After a lengthy and free discussions of paragraphs of each Article, the following amendments were made:-
ARTICLE 2 Paragraph (5) subsections (b). This was deleted. Paragraphs (5) sub-section (c) inserts “Uganda” and a comma thereafter, so that the sentence would read “A representative to the Assembly shall be a Ugandan, mature, respectable, good practicing muslim who does not violate the norms of Islam and is able to write and speak one of the following languages:- English, Swahili and Luganda.
Paragraph (7) should read “The life of the assembly shall be ‘five years’ and the Chairman and members there of shall be eligible for re-election”
Paragraph (10) insert between the words “misses three” and meeting the word “consecutive”
ARTICLE 3 Paragraph (4) inserts “majlis al-ulama” after the words Executive committee
ARTICLE 5 (i) paragraph (1) delete the word “spiritual”
(iii) Delete paragraphs (4) and insert: There shall be Deputy Mufti who shall act in the place of the Mufti in his absence or inability to perform his duties in all respects.
ARTICLE 6 Paragraph (c) should read” A degree in Sharia or its equivalent from a recognized Islamic University “
ARTICLE 7 (1) Delete the words “Chief Kadhi shall be appointed by the Mufti on the advice of the Majlis al Ulama” and insert” The Director of Sharia shall be appointed in the same manner as other secretaries heading different departments of the council”
ARTICLE 8 Paragraph (1) Section (c) should read” 17 learned Sheiks from the four regions of the country on equal basis including one from Kampala, and so is the Deputy Mufti, making a total of Twenty Members”.
ARTICLE 10 Paragraph (1) Section (a) should read”Three representatives each; from Buganda, Eastern, Northern, Western regions and Kampala elected by the Assembly from the entire Muslim population of Uganda. At least one of the three representatives from each region shall be a Sheikh”
Paragraph (1) section (b) Insert after “Secretary General” the word “Deputy Mufti”
ARTICLE 13 Paragraph (7) Delete the word “ten years” and insert “Seven years”
Paragraph (7) Delete “a working knowledge of the Arabic language will be an advantage”
Insert in paragraph (g) “If he is convicted of a criminal offence and / or if in the eyes of the Joint Session, his name is tarnished beyond redemption
4) Delete the words “The Secretary for Finance and planning or”
ARTICLE 17 Paragraph (10) Insert at the end “any co-opted member shall have no rights to vote”
Article 19 Paragraph (1) Delete “District imam” and Insert “District Kadhi” whenever they appear.
Paragraph (2) (d) delete “county Imams” and insert “county Sheikh”
Paragraph (5) section (a) delete “65 years” and inserts “70 years”.
Be it resolved that the Draft Constitution presented to the General Assembly and amended as per MINS. 4/12/86 to 5/12/86 be adopted, and it was hereby resolved and adopted on the 5th Day of December, 1986.
Be it resolved that a committee of five members namely; Haji Ishaq Kamoga; Yonusu Mpagi, Abu Mayanja, Makafu and Doka be instituted to work with the constitutional committee to ensure that all the amendments adopted by the Assembly were included in the final Draft, for presentation to and registration by the Registrar of companies, which resolution was unanimously adopted.
RESOLUTION 3 ELECTORAL COMMISSION
The following were elected to the Electoral commission as provided for in
Article 3 as amended
1. Hajj Uthuman Kitunzi -Western Region
2. Hajj Ishaka Magezi -Western Region
3. Hajj Abaasi Mukasa -Buganda Region
4. Hajji Musa Mukiibi -Buganda Region
5. Hajj Hussain Mabuya -Eastern Region
6. Hajj Nsereko Salim -Eastern Region
7. Hajj Ramathan Amaku -Northern Region
8. Hajj Jaffali Salim -Northern Region
9. Hajj Twaha Senyondo -Chairman
RESOLUTION “4”- SETTING – OUT DATES FOR GENERAL ELECTIONS
1. 5th December, – 28th January, 1987 -Arrangements for the elections
2. 7th February – 28th February, 1987 – Election throughout the Council starting with Juma Mosques
3. 7th April, 1987 – New General Assembly meets to form the appropriate committee
4. 1st May, 1987 – installation of new office bearers of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council
The Chairman in his concluding remarks thanked members for the good spirit they had shown throughout the period while deliberating on the new Draft constitution.
There being no more other business to transact, members of the General Assembly thus resolved as follows: “we note with appreciation the achievements of the constitutional committee and the remarkable smooth manner in which the Interim Administration carried-out it’s duties to- date and having thus accomplished its work that had started almost six (6) years ago; we do hereby on this 5th Day of December, 1986 dissolve the General Assembly.”
N.B. Attached as Appendix “a” is a list of Councilors who attended the Assembly meeting.
UGANDA MUSLIM SUPREME COUNCIL
LIST OF MEMBERS WHO ATTENDED THE EXTRA-ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL HELD AT U.M.S.C HEADQUARTERS FROM 4/12/86 TO 5/12/86
1. Haji Prince Badru Kakungulu -Chairman
2. Haji Asumani Mbubi -D/Chairman & Member
3. Haji Zaidi Wakinyankali -D/ Chairman & Member
1. Abdu-Kadir Mbogo (D/K) (Sheikh) -Kampala
2. Skeikh M. Mukongo (C) -Kampala
3. Haji Muhamad Kateregga (C) -Kampala
4. Hajj Eriyasa Sseviiri (C) -Kampala
5. Haji Younus Mpagi (C) -Kampala
6. Hajj Muhammed Katalaga (C) -Kampala
7. Hajj Kadu Serunkuma (C) -Kampala
8. Mr. Y. Nsubuga Nsambu (C) -Kampala
9. Hajj Sulaiman Mutumba (C) -Kampala
1. Sheik Uzairu Kiruta (D/K) -Masaka
2. Hajj Hussein Sengendo -Masaka
3. Hajj Dauda Bukenya -Masaka
4. Hajj Rashid Waligo -Masaka
5. Hajj Is-haq Kamoga -Masaka
6. Hajj Aziz Kasujja -Masaka
7. Hajj M.K.Semakalu -Masaka
1. Sheikh Zakaria Kezaala (D/K) -Busoga
2. Hajj Zubairi Kalange -Busoga
3. Hajj Mustapha Bidi -Busoga
4. Sheikh Adam Wantante -Busoga
5. Hajj Zaidi Wakinyankali -Busoga
1. Sheikh Hussein Walukuli (D/K) -Bugishu
2. Hajj Kassim Ssebanobe -Bugishu
3. Hajj Hassan Makafu -Bugishu
4. Hajj Salim Mukuwa -Bugishu
5. Mr. Hussein Wanyaka -Bugishu
1. Sheikh Twaha Kifude (D/K) -Bukedi
2. Hajj Mustapha Muluya -Bukedi
3. Hajj Alimansi Khasiyo -Bukedi
4. Hajj Hussein Mabuya -Bukedi
5. Hajj Edirisa Ddumbulu -Bukedi
1. Sheikh M. Ausi Katuramu (D/K) -Bunyoro
2. Hajj Ahamad Kitakule -Bunyoro
3. Hajj Ausi Rwakaikara -Bunyoro
4. Hajj C.K. Kitunzi -Bunyoro
1. Sheikh Shaban Muhammed (D/K) -Sebei
2. Haji Muwalim Ahmad Suwari -Sebei
3. Hajj Haruna Chemisto -Sebei
1. Sheikh Ahmad Sheir Muhammad (D/K) -Soroti
1. Sheikh Ahmad Sheir Muhammad (D/K) -Soroti
2. Abdallah Aziz Engwedu (C) -Soroti
3. Salim Ejiet -Soroti
1. Abdu Noor Kaduyu (D/K) -Ankole
2. Haji Ishaq Magezi (C) -Ankole
3. Haji Yasin Bilaali (C) -Ankole
4. Hajj Abdu Kalibala (C) -Ankole
5. Mr. Hamidu Musoke (C) -Ankole
1. Sheikh Adam Ayo D/K -Lira
2. Mr. Moses M. Angir (C) -Lira
3. Moses Odongo (C) -Lira
4. Mr. Aziz Swaleh (C) -Lira
EAST ACHOLI DISTRICT
1. Sheikh Ibrahim Okeny D/K -Kitgum
2. Ali Nanga (C) -Kitgum
3. Sheikh H. Abdallah (C) -Kitgum
4. Sheikh Abdu Okech (C) -Kitgum
1. Sheikh Ja’afar Bakaki D/K -Kabale
2. Mr. Ahamada Bujara (C) -Kabale
3. Mr. Ayubu Juma (C) -Kabale
4. Haji Ibrahim Banyenzaki -Rukungiri
1. Sheikh Ramadhan Juma Bale -Moyo
2. Sebbi Longa (C) -Moyo
3. Shaban Noor (C) -Moyo
EAST BUGANDA DISTRICT
1. Sheikh Habib Lukyamu D/K -Nagalama
2. Sheikh A. Sendege (C) -Nagalama
3. Haji Asumani Kiyaga (C) -Zirobwe
4. Sheikh Twaib Mutyaba (C) -Lugazi
WEST NILE DISTRICT
1. Sheikh Muhamed Rizigala D/K -Arua
2. Haji A.K. Abuduhaliq (C) -Arua
3. Haji Doka Ali (C) -Arua
4. Haji Zakaria Risasi (C) -Arua
5. Adris Ally (C) -Arua
A. SIGNATORIES TO THE MAKKAH AGREEMENT
1. Abdul Razak Matovu
2. Qasim Mulumba
3. Abdu Obied Kamulegeya
4. Zubair Kayongo
5. Juma Yousuf Walusimbi
6. Sulaiman Mutumba
7. Anas A.N. Kaliisa
8. Isa Khalifa Lugwago
9. Asuman Mbubi
B. MUSLIM WORLD LEAGUE FOLLOW-UP COMMITTEE
1. H.E. Ameen Aqeel Attas – Deputy Secretary General/ W.M.L.
2. Dr. Ahmad Bahafzallah – Chairman, Constitutional Committee.
3. Dr. Hamidullah –Member
4. Dr. Ahmad Kisule – Member
5. Sheikh Muhamad Kamoga – Member
6. Muhamad Obeid Kigozi
C. EX. OFFICIO MEMBERS
1. Sheikh Abdu Razaq Matovu
2. Sheikh Qasim Mulumba
3. Sheikh Abdu Obeid Kamulegeya
4. Sheikh Anasi Kaliisa
5. Mr. Abdu Juma Biramahiire
6. Haji Suleiman Masaba
7. Mr. Ibrahim
8. Al- Haji Abdu Khaliq Abdallah (Chancellor for West Nile District)
9. Isa G. Kyemwa
D. THE UMSC INTERIM ADMINISTRATION STAFF
1. Sheikh Hussein Rajab Kakooza – Chief Kadhi
2. Sheikh Saad` Luwemba – Deputy Chief Kadhi
3. Sheikh Yusuf Issa Byekwaso – Ag./ Secretary General
4. Sheikh Musa J. Mayanja – Assistant Secretary General
5. Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa – Secretary for Religious Affairs
6. Sheikh Mahdi Kakooza – Deputy Secretary for Religious Affairs
7. Dr. Hamidullah – Secretary for Treasury
8. Sheikh Issa Musa Iga – Assistant Treasurer
E. IN ATTENDANCE:
1. Sheikh Muhamad Semakula – Advisor to the Chief Kadhi
2. Sheikh Alli Kulumba – Advisor to the Chief Kadhi
3. Hon. Alhaji Musa Kigongo
4. Mr. A. Kasujja
5. Dr. Sulayiman Kigundu – Governor
6. Haji Zakaria Bukenya – Member
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