December 6, 2021

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Security warned on criminalising, profiling Muslims

FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda

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Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has cautioned security agencies against criminalising Muslims and profiling.

“Mr. Museveni must also be very careful when profiling suspects,” FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda on Monday while addressing press at Najjanankumbi party headquarters. 

He said the Muslim community especially of the Tabliq sect are in great fear because of this targeted killings and profiling.

Nganda said Museveni has now turned himself into an interpreter of the Islamic faith.

“He is a new expert on the religious concepts like jana (heaven). Mosques are being declared radicalization centers by Museveni and Security, we fear they may begin invading mosques while mosques while muslems are in prayers.”

Following the July 11th 2010 bombing at Lugogo of people watching world cup, people of Somali origin suffered from discrimination. Many Somalis were arrested simply because they were Somalis.

In fact, an Egyptian who had come to Uganda as an exhibitor at annual UMA show ended up being arrested because he looked like a Somali and therefore a terrorist.

Raids on mosques, arresting of people attending madrasa and profiling Tabliqs as suspects is a form of discrimination. The security agency must exercise a lot of caution dealing with this problem, he cautioned.

“And these are not the first criminals to use Islamic names. You remember late Brig. Chefe Alie, late Shaban Bantariza and Gen. Salim Saleh. All these have while engaged in rebellion used Islamic names. Museveni and Amama Mbabazi were using the name Kassim to access money to fund the Luwero war.”

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