“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un,” ….verily we belong to Allah, and verily to Him we do return. 2020 has been such a year, robbing masses of people around the world to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a really tragedy to Uganda for the iconic figures that have been lost in a 12- month space. Kasirye Gwanga, Shaban Bantariza, Dr. Anas Kaliisa, Nasser Ssebagala, and then Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata Batte. A part from Colonel Bantariza, the list has people that were very vibrant political analysts and lovers of ideologies. The controversies that will forever be built with their names are and will always be unforgettable footprints to the history of Uganda.
Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata was confirmed dead on Friday 4th December, 2020 and the news was broken to the public by Hajji Latif Ssebegala and Frank Gashumba on their social media accounts. By time of his demise, the Sheikh has been the spokesperson of Kibuli Muslim Community and he has held the position with the utmost respect it deserves. He will very much be remembered for loving the Muslim community and advocating for recognition of the Muslims in the Ugandan community.
Sheikh Muzaata came to populace in around 2015 and 2016 when the killings and arrests of Muslims became rampant. Muzaata was one of those people that stood strong and warned government that the murders should be properly investigated and the perpetrators be taken to book. In a video that is making rounds on social media, Sheikh Muzaata was too bitter on the government officials who had double standards on tackling issues of the Muslim murders.
Like Shakespeare said, “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft inferred with their bones.” For the Ugandans and the Muslim community, we have lost a pedestal of the nation.