Clock Tower prime land. PHOTO by STEPHEN OTAGE

Muslim youth of the Tabliq sect have handed in documents to the Inspector General of Police to prove claims that their former leader, Sheikh Sulaiman Kakeeto, illegally disposed of the controversial Clock Tower land.

According to Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, the new Tabliq leader, the documents, including transfer forms were submitted to Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura on Tuesday.

“We have given him (Gen. Kayihura) all documents pertaining Clock Tower land and we are leaving it to him to judge who is telling the truth and who is lying,” Skeikh Kamoga told Sunday Monitor on Friday. The now controversial land, measuring 11-acres, was reportedly parcelled out to businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba through his firm, Uganda Meat Industries Ltd, amid resistance from a section of Muslim leaders. Sheikh Kakeeto is accused of brokering the deal.

Gen. Kayihura intervened in the land row last week to avert a possible confrontation between Muslims and police who currently use part of the contested grounds as a makeshift barracks.

Last week, the Tabliqs postponed their plan to forcefully remove iron sheets erected around the land to give negotiation a chance. “If they (police) fail to handle this issue with the utmost urgency it deserves, Muslims who are already angered by the act of fencing the land, will go ahead and remove the iron sheets,” Sheikh Kamoga added.

Muslim youth based at Nakasero Mosque last week declared a “Jihad (holy war)” against Mr Basajjabalaba, saying he was using his financial muscle to ‘grab’ their land.

No stranger to controversy
Mr Basajjabalaba has before been embroiled in the illegal sale of Muslim property, which he allegedly did using his position as chairman of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), something he denies.

But Sheikh Kakeeto, insists that they entered into a joint venture with Basajjabalaba to redevelop the land to benefit all Muslims. “Basajjabalaba gave us financial assistance during the case and we agreed that we give him 40 per cent shares and we remain with 60 per cent,” he said.

According to documents seen by Sunday Monitor, the Clock Tower land was on September 1, 2005 transferred from Uganda Tabliq Community to Uganda Meat Industries and 15 days later, it changed hands to Haks Express Ltd –also owned by Mr Bassajjabalaba.

On September 20, 2005, the title deed for the property was mortgaged after Haks Express Ltd reportedly secured a loan worth Shs1 billion from Travellers Choice Bus Services.

The disputed land initially belonged to the Muslim Sports Club (MSC) but when its lease expired, Sheikh Kakeeto renewed it in the names of Uganda Tabliq Community . The MSC later sued the Muslim Tabliq Community and on February 12, 2011 the High Court ruled in favour of the latter and dismissed the case with costs.

By Al-mahdi Asenkabirwa, Daily Monitor


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