Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mubajje Should Resign or Be Thrown Out

The ongoing fracas among the Muslim community in Uganda leaves, for an innocent onlooker like me, more questions unanswered than it does attempt to do. The two conflicting sides in the debate provide good material for curious people like me to muse over.

One of the men at the center of the conflict, embattled mufti Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, is behaving like our typical African politicians who long ago threw away all shame and decency to the wind. After being accused by his fellow Muslims of fraudulently selling away their properties and successfully overcoming a criminal prosecution in court, the hitherto good mufti is vehemently trying to take full benefit of the fact that court absolved him of the accusations against him. And he does so with enviable enthusiasm. In fact, like our politicians, he has even gone to the extent of pleading none issues when put in a tight corner. Instead of responding to legitimate claims responsibly, he is saying that those baying for his blood are former rebels fighting him for being a Mugisu. As if anybody cares who they were for as long as they are not that anymore. He reminds me of Amama Mbabazi during the NSSF saga who pleaded being witch-hunted on account of being a Mukiga and Protestant instead of answering the question how he came to know that NSSF wanted land yet it did not advertise.

It is not in dispute that mufti Mubajje was acquitted of fraudulently selling Muslim property. But Mubajje should remember that the same court that acquitted him declared him a liar. Court said that he lied to the world that he did not sell the properties in question yet he actually had though not fraudulently. Now, this is an extremely dirty remark on a person of Mubajje’s standing––a religious leader claiming to be God’s representative before men. It is not a dirty mark on him alone but on the group he leads as well. His adamancy to atone for his sin is not ridiculing him alone but by extension the wonderful Islamic faith as well. The man is now a laughing stalk. It is for this reason that he ought to have the decency and courtesy to resign however much he believes and wants others to believe that he is innocent.

Resignation is a show of decency and responsibility. It isn’t in anyway shameful just like many in Africa seem to believe. It is an honourable virtue, a show of respect to all concerned. It is not a plea of guilty. It is an indication of remorse for whatever might have gone wrong under our watch even though we may not be directly responsible. We should cultivate this culture of responsibility in Africa if we are to progress.

Therefore, to my dear friend mufti Mubajje, I say that gather in your heart of hearts ability to resign or risk being thrown out of office miserably. Stop whining and frowning and own up instead. The government won’t come in to save much, brother. Step aside, let somebody else takeover and history won’t judge you harshly.

However, should the mufti not resign, then all Muslims should simply impeach and throw him out. They should withdraw their allegiance from him for the good of Islam which is already suffering a negative image internationally due to extremism and terrorism by a few people.