Government signs new agreement with WICS, throws out IICS
The Government of Uganda has a country host agreement with the World Islamic Call Society (WICS) which literally edges out another organization; International Islamic Call Society (IICS) which had taken over WICS’ projects after the fall of Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya.
Since the 1970s, WICS has been funding various social development projects across the world especially in the areas of water and sanitation, education, health and religious instruction.
The most outstanding project in Uganda is the National Mosque at Old Kampala which whose construction was entirely funded by the World Islamic Call Society before the collapse of Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.
Under the country host agreement signed on Thursday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kampala between Uganda’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem, and WICS chairman, Dr Saleh Al-Fakhir, WICS will establish an autonomous office in Kampala, take on the renovation and maintenance of the Old Kampala Mosque as per its original undertaking.
Oryem said that the organization will also increase its project input in Uganda.
With the agreement, Oryem said, government legally recognizes WICS not IICS whose operations are unknown to government.
“As far as the government of Uganda is concerned, legally, we are working with WICS which has been introduced to us by the Libyan government. Any organization that is not WICS is not known to us,” Oryem said.
Al-Fakhir told journalists that the organization has never changed it name even with the fall of Gaddafi’s regime.
“The name has never been changed, the change from World Islamic Call Society to International Islamic Call Society was done by people with selfish interests,” Dr Al-Fakhir said.