By Najibu Mulema
The leadership of the Jamu-iyyat Daawat Ssalafiyyah Muslim Community has dragged government to the High Court in Kampala, challenging the manner in which its security operatives raided Nakasero Mosque at dawn on December 27, 2016.
Led by the Nakasero Mosque Publicity Secretary Habib Buwembo, they say the action of the security operatives was done without a search warrant, was unlawful, unjustifiable and should never be repeated.
They state that at about 12:30 am or thereabouts on 27 December, 2016, without prior notice or warning, a combined team of security operatives suspected to have included members of the Uganda Police Force, Military division of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and an outfit known as the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force, forcefully broke into Nakasero Mosque.
The group is seeking an injunction permanently restraining security agents from raiding mosques and using the confiscated items as evidence or exhibits in any case against their jailed brothers.
The Muslims also seek for court to declare that the actions of breaking into the mosque on 27th December 2016 without a search warrant as unlawful and at the same time an unjustifiable act.
Further, they are seeking a court order to direct the security organs represented by Attorney General to avail them with all items that were confiscated from the mosque as well as compensation for the Nakasero Mosque leadership and for the costs of the whole case.