Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, the leader of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) has called upon government and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to consider releasing all political prisoners, especially those that were arrested during the election campaigns period.
In his inauguration speech, President Museveni said that elections are over Ugandans need to get back to work to transform their lives and those of their loved ones.
Basing on this, Mubaje, who was giving his Eid Al-Fitr message at Old Kampala, said that the country needs to heal from the highly contested January election and that this can only be achieved through forgiveness and unity.
“After his swearing in, the President said that elections are over. Now that they are over, let all political prisoners be released to enjoy freedom with their families,” Mubaje said.
“Some of the arrested political prisoners are Muslims who would have wanted to celebrate Eid with their families but this has not been possible,” he added.
His message comes at a time when hundreds of opposition supporters especially those of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party are detained in different prisons around the country.
He used the same platform to condemn the continuous attacks on Palestine by Israel and called upon Muslim countries to come out and condemn such inhuman acts.