Mufti Sheikh Ramadhan Mubajje, the Chairman of the IRCU addressing the media

The Chairman of the Inter-religious Council of Uganda (IRCU), Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje has called for unity as the country prepares to celebrate the 55th Dndependence Day on October 9.

Mubajje, who is the Mufti, urged Ugandans to reflect on the promise and commitment of the country’s past and present leaders have made since Independence.

“We as religious leaders have endeavored to envision our contribution in the realm of nation building; there are many tangible achievements and missed opportunities,” he said. Sheikh Mubajje implored Ugandans to resist the temptation of indulging in social evil like moral decadence, political polarization, chronic corruption, unemployment and poor service delivery.

“It need not to be over-stated that Parliament is an inviolable, autonomous pillar of democratic governance,” Sheikh Mubajje wrote in a statement relayed by the IRCU Communication and Public Relations Officer Eunice Nankwanga Kasirye.

This year’s Independence Day comes at a time when Ugandans are trying to come to grips with last week’s regrettable events that led to the suspension of 25 opposition MPs and the State Minister for Water Resources Ronald Kibuule, a National Resistance Movement (NRM) stalwart who allegedly sneaked a gun into Parliament, in contravention of the parliamentary rules.

In the ensuing chaos plain-clothed officers of the Special Forces Command (SFC), the elite unit that guards the President, stormed the parliamentary chambers and evicted the opposition MPs, in the process injuring legislators Angeline Osegge and Francis Butebi.