Katikkiro, Muzaata bury hatchet at Sheikh Mukasa Duwa
Funeral prayers (Duwa) for the late former Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa provided a perfect opportunity for Buganda Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga and outspoken Muslim cleric Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata Batte to reconcile.
The event at Mende Kalema Secondary School in Wakiso was attended by several dignitaries from within the Islamic circles, Buganda and the central government.
Before the congregation, Mayiga and Muzaata exchanged pleasantries before taking turns to speak about their new found relationship.
Mayiga attributed Muzaata’s change of heart to his being hosted at Sheikh Mukasa’s residence before the late cleric’s death last year.
But as they announced a new chapter, Muzaata asked Mayiga to direct the kingdom’s media outlets; CBS radio and BBS Terefayina to end the blackout against him.
Mayiga and Muzaata became sworn enemies after the Secretary for Da’wa (Islamic propagation) at the Kibuli based Muslim leadership faction spoke critically of the Katikkiro’s activities.
Mayiga’s fundraising drive dubbed Ettofaali, and the registration of squatters on the kingdom land for issuance of land titles are some of the programs that Muzaata criticised as intended to improverish the ordinary people.
Mayiga’s issues with Muzaata started in May 2013 when Mayiga was appointed Katikkiro. Muzaata led the voices that accused Mayiga of demolishing a Mosque that stood inside the Kabaka’s palace at Mengo.
The thorny issue was settled in June last year when the Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II compensated the Muslims with 5 acres of land at Nakawuka in Wakiso district.