How a Ugandan Imam got married with a fellow man | Islamic News

Muslims suspend imam who married fellow man, The head Imam of Masjid Noor of Kyampisi Uganda said "the move was intended to preserve the integrity of their faith."

Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba with his ‘bride’ on their wedding in Kayunga District [Uganda] two weeks ago.

Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba, the Imam of Kyampisi Masjid Noor mosque in Kayunga District Uganda, has been suspended from his clerical work after unknowingly wedding a fellow man in Islamic culture (Nikah).

The regional Kadhi, Sheikh Abdul Noor Kakande, said Sheikh Mutumba, 27, was under investigation over the “unfortunate” incident.

Sheikh Isa Busuulwa, the head Imam of Masjid Noor of Kyampisi, said the move was intended to preserve the integrity of their faith.

Sheikh Busuulwa said. He has been one of the three Imams of the mosque. He had spent about four years preaching in this mosque on top of teaching Islam to children,

He explained that although he attended Sheikh Mutumba’s wedding reception at his grandmother’s home in Kyampisi Trading Centre, the mosque leadership did not take part in the wedding preparations.

A fortnight ago, Sheikh Mutumba unknowingly wedded a fellow man named femininely as Swabullah Nabukeera and spent two weeks with his new “wife” unaware of the latter’s true gender.

The truth came out later after police arrested ‘Nabukeera’ on theft allegations and during a body search by a female police officer before being taken to the cells, it was discovered that the suspect was actually a man. He revealed to police that his real name is Richard Tumushabe.

Mr Amisi Kibunga, the Kyampisi mosque bilal, said he saw Sheikh Mutumba’s ‘wife’ on two occasions at Juma prayers but said it was hard to discover that he was a man.

“He had a sweet soft voice and walked like a woman. She also always dressed in either gomesi or hijab,” Mr Kibunga explained.

Mr Kibunga said

Four days after their wedding, the bridegroom came to me complaining that ‘her’ bride had refused to undress while they slept. Actually I was planning to go to their home to counsel ‘her’ when I heard that the bride had been arrested in connection with theft of a television set and clothes of their neighbor.

"It is true I did something wrong and I regret it but my current condition forced me to do it. I’m a born of Ishaka but I grew up on Kampala streets under very harsh conditions that forced me to act the way I did and I regret it,” 

Sheikh Mohammed Ssemambo, the chairperson of Namagabi Muslim County, expressed shock over the incident. “I learnt about the incident. As a Muslim leader, he should have followed what the Qur'an says when one wants to get a spouse,” Sheikh Ssemambo said.

Women tatoo artwork  on the bride's body

The devastation

Reported by daily monitor

The husband, Sheikh Mohammed Mutumba, was shocked to learn that his hijab-wearing wife, Swabullah Nabukeera, was a man. 

Sheikh Mutumba - an imam at a mosque in Kyampisi village, some 100km (62 miles) north-west of the capital, Kampala - had not had sex with his "bride" of about two weeks because "she" alleged that "she" was menstruating, the newspaper reports. 


When  the reporter visited Sheikh Mutumba’s rented home, neighbours said they had not seen him in four days. Sources said he had been taken by a relative for counselling.

“He is too devastated by the incident and needs counselling,” a source said.

“The ‘bride’ did all the house chores such as cooking, washing clothes and others while the husband was away but it was not easy to know he was just masquerading as a woman,” Mr Henry Mukwaya, a neighbour said.

“He always wore gomesi or hijab and spoke like a woman but she kept indoors most of the time,” he added.

Mr Tumushabe was not asked to plead when he appeared in a magistrate's court on Tuesday. 

Magistrate Allen Akello told Mr Tumushabe that he had the option of applying for bail. The case would ultimately be referred to the high court, the magistrate added. 

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