Gulu cemetery relocation divides Acholi Muslim

Gulu cemetery relocation divides Acholi Muslim

 

Gulu cemetry that will soon be relocated. PHOTO

Gulu cemetry that will soon be relocated. PHOTO BY TOBBIAS JOLLY OWINY

By TOBBIAS JOLLY OWINY

GULU. Tension has erupted among Acholi Muslim community over the proposed relocation of graves from their main cemetery at Nakasero village, Pece Division to the newly acquired site at Lawiyadul, Laroo Division in Gulu District.
Daily Monitor has learnt that Gulu Municipal Council has plans to open up and expand both Acholi lane and Acholi roads in a chase for city status, which will pass through the cemetery and occupy a third of the cemetery land.

Compensation woes
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the municipal council has earmarked more than Shs30 million to compensate families whose loved ones are buried there to have their bodies exhumed and relocated to the new cemetery in Lawiyadul.
However, a faction of “Concerned Muslims”, comprising mostly Nubians have protested and challenged the cemetery committee, through which the money will be channeled.
Mr Ibrahim Abdu, a member of the concerned Muslims in an interview with Daily Monitor on Tuesday, said the cemetery committee was created without proper consultations with other Muslims.

“We are against the idea of paying families through the cemetery committee. Each family should be given its share, we do not trust the committee,” Mr Abdu said.
He said if they are to embrace the cemetery committee, they have to be granted full membership so that their interests are catered for. Meanwhile, Mr Burhan Nasuru, another member, said the families whose relatives were buried at the cemetery are not represented on the committee.

“There has never been any engagement between the so-called committee and the relatives of those buried at the cemetery, something that raises a lot of suspicion,” Mr Nasuru said.
In an interview, Sheik Musa Khalil, the Acholi Muslim District Khadi told Daily Monitor recently that the concerned Muslim faction was a pack of greedy and unfocused Muslim fellows.
Gulu Municipality town clerk Francis Barabanawe told Daily Monitor last Friday that plans are underway to open up the road that will go through the cemetery. The cemetery seats on eight plots.

 

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