At about 3:00pm on Friday afternoon, news broke of the passing of Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata Batte, a renowned Muslim cleric.
Muzaata who has been the director of Da-awah (propagation of Islam) at the Kibuli based Muslim leadership faction died at International Hospital Kampala (IHK).
There are suggestions that he was admitted with symptoms similar to those of the deadly Covid-19.
Dr. Diana Atwiine, the permanent secretary at Ministry of Health alluded to this possibility in a tweet she put out to mourn the cleric’s death.
Immam Idi Kasozi one of the departed cleric’s associates told journalists outside IHK hospital that they were waiting for the medical report.
“For now we can’t know but since he died from a hospital, let’s wait for what the doctors will tell us,” Kasozi said.
Like several commentators on social media, Kasozi said that the country and particularly the Muslim community had lost a hero.
“He is one of the few who would boldly speak out on the injustices committed against Muslims,” Kasozi said.
Muzaata has also been speaking against the government’s excesses, sometimes tending to be a lone voice from the pulpits in the mosques to speak out against perceived wrongs by the government.
His death comes exactly one month after the death of another cleric, Sheikh Anas Abdulnoor Kaliisa.
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