The suspended Masaka District Kadhi, Sheikh Burhan Bagunduuse, has declined to hand over office to the caretaker Kadhi, Sheikh Badru Kiruta, despite a directive from Mufti Shaban Ramathan Mubajje in February.
Sheikh Bagunduuse was suspended to allow investigations into his alleged incompetence.
He has also refused to hand over the official car, saying he is still the substantive district Kadhi.
Sheikh Bagunduuse claims his suspension was illegal because such a decision can only be made by the Muslim district executive committee with approval of West Buganda Muslim regional executive committee, which was not done.
Despite being denied access to the offices, Sheikh Kiruta yesterday said he has already started work as a Kadhi.
Sheikh Kiruta, who is also the Imam of Mariam Mosque in Lukaya Town, Kalungu District, said he is also in the process of acquiring an official UMSC stamp since Sheikh Bagunduuse also refused to hand it over.
The UMSC secretary general, Ramathan Mugalu, described Sheikh Bagunduuse’s action as insubordination.