Another Muslim leader shot dead

Friday May 22 2015

Sheikh Abdulrashid Wafula, the Imam of Bilal Mosque in Mbale Town has been gunned down.
He was shot on Thursday night at around 9pm at the gate of his home in Kireka village Nakaloke Town Council, Mbale district.

According to family sources the Sheikh was Shot five times in the chest.
Family members tried to rush him to hospital but he died along the way.

According to the Police spokesman, Mr Fred Enanga, four people, including the deceased’s brother have been arrested as investigations continue.

Imam Wafula has also been the director of Nakaloke Islamic Primary School and Secondary School in Mbale District.

Sheikh Wafula is the third Muslim leader to be killed in just less than six months.
On December 28, last year, Sheikh Mustafa Bahiga was shot dead at the Bwebajja Mosque on Entebbe road.
Sheikh Bahiga was also shot five times; three bullets in the left limb, one on the head and another in the stomach as he was going for Ishae Prayer.

Sheikh Bahiga’s death came barely two days after Sheikh Dr Abdul Kadir Muwaya; the Shiite leader was gunned down at his home in Mayuge district.


Sheikh Bahiga and Dr Muwaya's death led to the arrest of a number of people, including top Muslim leaders on allegations of murder and having links with the ADF rebels operating along DR Congo-Uganda border.
Sheikh Bahiga, Dr Muwaya and Sheikh Wafula‘s death leaves a number of questions unanswered including the circumstances involving the killing of Sheikh Abdul Karim Ssentamu and Hajj Abubaker Kiweewa who were in 2012 gunned down by unknown assailants in different locations in the city.

The inspector general of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura recently linked the killings of the Muslim clerics to the ADF rebel activities and that he was determined to hunt them (killers) down. 


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