Sheikh Mustafa Ahba of Mazid moswue of Gulu town fainted as he gave sermons during Eid-al- Adhuha prayers to day morning at Gulu Public primary school in Gulu Municipality. Close friends say the sheikh is epileptic.

He was whisked away to the nearest medical center for medical attention.

Relatedly, Muslim clerics in Luweero district have asked believers to reject the proposed constitutional amendment on land describing it as unfair.

The proposal to amend article 26 of the Constitution, seeks to provide for the compulsory acquisition of land for development projects such as roads and other infrastructure, pending negotiations on compensation with the affected persons.

According to Lands Minister Betty Amongi, the current law, which allows negotiation and compensation of the land owner before the project takes off, slows down government programmes.

But Muslim clerics used today’s Eid Adhuha prayers to demand the withdrawal of the bill saying it was not brought in good faith and may leave many people landless.

Sheikh Mustapha Lule Khamis, the Luweero District Kadhi told the Muslims at Kasana mosque in Luweero town that taking possession of land by the government before compensating the owner tantamount to grabbing. Lule asked the government to use the current land act to compensate people before implementing its projects rather than bringing amendments to create panic.

At Lukomera Mosque, Musa Kakande the Luweero Muslim District Chairperson cautioned against the unfair legislation. He said that instead, the government should focus on improving service delivery.