Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The newly appointed Arua District Kadhi, Sheik Abu Jaffer Shaban has been denied access to his new office. Sheikh Jaffer arrived in Arua town from Kampala aboard an Eagle Air flight, which touched the ground at 9:30am.
He received a rousing welcome from Muslim faithfuls, member of Arua Muslim district council and Arua District Police Commander, Henry Kintu.
He was driven to Arua Muslim district headquarters at Kojja Mosque under tight police protection only to find the offices under lock and key.
As a result, Arua District Police Commander, Henry Kintu advised the new Kadhi to wait for the five days given by the caretaker Kadhi, Sheikh Juma Vuni to handover the office.
Hilal Naseem, the Chairman Arua Municipality Muslim County who works closely with Sheikh Vuni described the incident as unfortunate and called for dialogue to resolve differences among Muslims.
In a message delivered on behalf of the RDC, the Acting Arua District Internal Security Officer, Stephen Dravu asked the Kadhi embrace all Muslims for the good of the community.
In his speech, Sheikh Jaffer pledged to unite all Muslims and ensure development of the community.
The officer Arua Kadhi fell vacant when Muslims impeached the former Kadhi, Sheikh Amin Maga for allegedly mismanaging Muslim resources.
As a result, the Mufti Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje installed Sheikh Vuni in acting capacity as the process to appoint a substantive Kadhi was ongoing.