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The first copy of the Qur’an in Uganda

The first copy of the Qur’an in Uganda reached Buganda Kingdom in the 19th Century at the hands of traders from the East African coast, who also introduced Islam. 

The copy is handwritten and incomplete. It is preserved at Nabulagala-Kasubi Mosque, where an Islamic museum is being constructed. (PHOTO BY BAKKABULINDI KAGIMU)

The kettle that Kabaka Mutesa I used to perform wudhu (Muslim ablution)

Kabaka Mutesa I ruled the Kingdom of Buganda from 1856 and 1885, a period in which Arab traders and Christian missionaries intensified their activities in the nation. Mutesa accepted Islam, practiced it and established it as state religion until Christianity gained ground in the latter part of his reign. Here is the kettle that the king used to perform ablution in preparation for salah, or prayer. (PHOTO BY BAKKABULINDI KAGIMU)

Mutesa, who was named Saidi after his conversion to Islam, received the container as a gift from Prince Nuhu Mbogo, the grandfather of Islam in Uganda. The container is preserved at Nabulagala-Kasubi Mosque, near the Royal Tombs.

An Islamic museum is being preserved constructed at the mosque. An Islamic museum is being constructed at the mosque to preserve such objects of historic importance. 

Jeema warns New Vision against celebrating closure of rival newspapers

ARTICLE SUMMARY: In a press release issued Saturday, the Justice Forum (Jeema) President advises all media houses to speak with one voice against the closure of sections of the independent media. The party also suggests that the ‘purported’ defection of Gen. David Sejusa could be stage-managed.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Asuman Basalirwa is the President of the Justice Forum.

By ASUMAN BASALIRWA

The Justice Forum (JEEMA) condemns in the strongest terms the continued siege of two media houses, including Nation Media Group outlets and the Red Pepper Publications that has entered the fifth day with no end in sight.

Read more: Jeema warns New Vision against celebrating closure of rival newspapers

Jeema president, former Tanzanian president discuss African unity

OUR REPORTER

The Justice Forum Party President Asuman Basalirwa and former Tanzanian leader Ali Hassan Mwinyi have stressed “the need to have a collective vision for a united Africa,” according to a statement issued early this week by the political organization.

The two leaders met and exchanged ideas from May 30 to June 1 at the Nairobi-based East African University as they witnessed the institution’s first graduation ceremony.

Read more: Jeema president, former Tanzanian president discuss African unity

Amin’s Children and Me

By CONRAD NKUTU

ARTICLE SUMMARY: My life and times with the sons and daughters of my father’s killer.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Conrad Nkutu is the Managing Director of Greenewus Energy and former Managing Director of the Monitor Newspaper and its subsidiaries.

I was browsing through the Uganda Journalists Facebook page last Saturday when I came across a post by a journalist, Moses Odokonyero, who had been reading the interesting Saturday Monitor series by Jaffar Remo Amin, son of former President Idi Amin, a record of many events not previously published, surrounding the collapse of his father’s regime in April 1979.

Read more: Amin’s Children and Me