Ugandan Muslims criticize government’s discriminatory acts

SHAFAQNA –  The Ugandan government has come under fire for its discriminatory acts against Muslim nationals such as the closure of Mosques and Islamic institutions, Press TV reports.

Muslim leaders and Islamic institutions in Uganda have criticized the recent arrest of several Muslim citizens on charges of terrorism-related activities and the shutting down of mosques and Islamic schools (Madrasas) in the East African country, urging the government to prevent the spread of Islamophobia.

“There should be much effort by (the) government, by security agencies, by traditional leaders, by cultural leaders (and) by religious leaders to check such [anti-Islamic] sentiments,” Jaffar Senganda, from Uganda’s Muslim Center for Justice and Law, told Press TV.

Several people have also been arrested over the murder of at least six senior Muslim clerics in the last six months in suspected extremist attacks.

Some Muslim clerics say a number of officials in Kampala consider Muslims as security threats, claiming that mosques and Islamic schools are being used to train militants.

“We want to take all these criminal activities as ordinary criminal activities” and investigate the moves without accusing Muslims, said Uganda government spokesman Ofwono Opondo in reaction to the recent surge of detention of Muslims.

The recent wave of attacks on Muslims comes as they constitute the largest religious minority in Uganda and their population is on the rise.

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