By Najibu Mulema
Major Muhammad Kiggundu was today morning shot dead together with his driver Sgt Mukasa in Masanafu by unknown assailants who were using a boda boda
On June 8, 1998, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels led by Kiggundu made a deadliest attack on Uganda Technical College Kichwamba located 14 kms on the Fort Portal-Bundibugyo Road and burnt 80 students to death in three dormitories. The rebels also abducted more than 100 students some of whose whereabouts are still unknown up to today
He was one of the former ADF rebels who were granted pardon by President Yoweri Museveni. He was forgiven with the Late Ibrahim Hassan kirya , Sheikh Yunus Kamoga the Tabliqs leader who at a moment in prison over charges of masterminding the killing of muslim clerics among others.
After the pardon, Kiggundu decided to join UPDF and his colleagues remained as sheikhs at Nakasero and other Tabliqs mosques in the country.
Major Kiggundu continued doing the work of a sheikh where he preached at some juma prayers, at Nakasero Mosque. Later the Tabliqs got conflicts and a group of sheikhs including Hassan Kirya, Haruna jemba, Maj Kiggundu , Sheikh mustafa Bahiga and others took refuge at kibuli under prince Kassim Nakibinge, defying sheikh Kamoga’s leadership as the Amir Ummah and that is when shooting of muslim sheikhs intensified.
Last year, Kigggundu married with the leader of traditional herbalists in Uganda Sophia Namutebi commonly known as Maama Fiina. They performed their nikkah at Kibuli mosque.