The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) Department of Finance and Planning Secretary, Mr. Sinan Abdu Nsenye, has inaugurated the National Program for Revenue Enhancement across various Muslim Districts in the country. The primary objective of this program is to equip Muslim District Leaders with effective principles of resource mobilization and fund management for transformative projects. The program’s pilot launch occurred in Mukono Muslim District on August 15th, 2023.
Mr. Nsenye, along with the UMSC Finance department team, conducted an intensive full-day session with the Mukono Muslim District management team. This team was led by Sheikh Abbas Zubair Ssenkuba, the Kadhi, along with other esteemed officers including his deputy, Sheikh Muhammad Abdnoor Kasolo, Sheikh Muslim Ramadhan Tambula, District Secretary Mr. Kiwuwa Khamis, responsible for finance & planning, Kulumba Musa overseeing Halal practices (permissible animal and bird slaughter), Counsel Miiro Sudi handling Awqaf (endowment), and other key figures. Additionally, present were Sheikh Mustafa Khamis Lule, the Regional Assistant to the Mufti (RA) for the East Buganda region, to which Mukono belongs, and Mr. Muhairwe Sadiq, the Regional Secretary.
During the session, Mr. Nsenye emphasized the pivotal role of effective fund management as outlined in the UMSC Financial Policy. The policy underscores the significance of accountability and comprehensive documentation as funds are collected and securely deposited in banks. “To facilitate tangible development in the district, meticulous bookkeeping, a registry of registered properties, and well-defined sources of income are indispensable,” advised Mr. Nsenye.
In his opening address, Sheikh Mustafa Lule accentuated Mukono’s standing as one of the leading Muslim Districts, distinguished by its Muslim population, mosques, educational institutions, and markets. He underscored the imperative of harnessing and channeling the available funds towards progressive development initiatives.
Acknowledging historical leadership disputes that have hindered effective fund mobilization, Mukono Muslim leaders recognized the adverse effects of discord within the Muslim community, perpetuated by individuals with personal agendas. This discord has been a significant obstacle in remitting funds to the Headquarters, as mandated by the financial policy.
In conclusion, the leaders were urged to segregate administrative affairs, particularly those pertaining to finances, and to uphold the provisions of the UMSC Constitution. Emphasis was placed on fostering consultation and harmony to avoid unsettling the faithful.
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