Muslim Leaders to Get Salaries

Mufti Sheikh Shaban Mubaje

Print media entrepreneurs have been urged to embrace the social media platforms Twitter and Facebook among others to grow their revenues “instead of looking at new media as a threat.”

With increased access to online media content in Africa eating into print revenues, site there have been concerns that the newspapers’ future is bleak.

But South Africa media mogul Trevor Ncube told media practitioners and academia at a lecture in Kampala on Wednesday that new media should be well utilised to grow copy sales and boost growth for the print sector.

Ncube also encouraged African journalists to avoid bribery and partisan stories if they are win respect of the public.

Putting up a strong defence of media freedoms, for sale Ncube condemned leaders who overstay in power and those who harass journalists.

Recounting his experience in Zimbabwe where he was imprisoned by President Robert Mugabe, Ncube said he strongly believes in “telling the common man’s story” even when it means putting his life on the line.

He further urged journalists to investigate graft in all sectors in the economy.

“Corruption is not only in government but also private sector,” he advised at a lecture held under the theme “Media and Politics in Africa.”

The function was organised by Africa Media Excellence, a Kampala-based non-profit professional organisation committed to helping journalists to seek and achieve excellence as well as improving journalism and mass communication in Africa.

On running what many look at as a successful media business empire, Ncube said, “I am not yet successful. We are still struggling.”

Ncube said his business which includes the Mail & Guardian, The Zimbabwe Independent, The Sunday Standard and NewsDay publications, was facing challenges of capital and adapting to new media and technologies.

Ncube appealed to African journalists to develop individual capacities to “tell the African story” instead of waiting for foreign journalists to report about Africa.

“No one knows our history, culture and practices better than us,” said Ncube.

“We need to portray African stories as we would love to be known otherwise these Europeans are not about to stop reporting negatively about us.”

The Mufti of Uganda His Eminence Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has unveiled a plan to pay salaries to all District Kadhis with effect from June 2015.

Mubaje revealed this while addressing District Kadhis yesterday 25th November in the National Mosque Conference Hall at the UMSC Headquarters Old Kampala.

He said this will be done in recognition of their contributions to the Ummah in Uganda as well as a way of motivating them to work even harder.

His Eminence the Mufti thanked for the key role they have played in uniting Muslims in Uganda.

“Muslims are more united today than ever. There are no longer conflicts between Muslims youths and the elders e.g. Tabliques, click Salafiyyah and the traditional Muslims like it was in the 1990s, ” the Mufti said.

UMSC has 54 District Kadhis who operate in a manner that is synonymous with the RCCs on the side of the central government or Bishops on the side of the Catholic or Protestant establishments.

However, unlike their counterparts in the government or the Christian establishments, District Kadhis are not paid salaries despite the fact that they do a tremendous job.

The Mufti also informed the District Kadhis that, for the smooth running of UMSC affairs, UMSC is making all possible efforts so that all major organs meet before the end of this year i.e. Executive Committee, Majilis Ulama, Joint Session and the General Assembly.

The UMSC Chairman Dr. Abdulkadir Balonde urged the District Kadhis to enforce UMSC policies in line with the teachings of Islam and the UMSC constitution.

Dr. Balonde appealed to the Kadhis to concentrate on serving the Ummah and urged them to always consult the UMSC Constitution for guidance whenever need arises.

Senior UMSC Management officials also attended the meeting in which District Kadhis pledged to work with the other faith leaders and local government leaders to bring unity and development in their respective areas of jurisdiction.


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