Muslim teacher attacks school head in Uganda

KABUNA, Uganda — A Muslim posing as a Christian teacher at a Christian elementary school with 162 children in eastern Uganda recently attacked the school director, sources said.
Mugooda Siraji struck school director Hassan Muwanguzi days after school board leaders asked him to take a leave of absence when they learned he was trying to teach the children how to practice Islam, said head teacher Eric Kakonge.
On Nov. 4 at around 4:30 p.m., Siraji entered the school compound and forced his way into the office shouting “Allah Akbar” and hit Muwanguzi with a blunt object, Kakonge said.
“Muwanguzi suffered face and right hand injuries, with serious bleeding from the face,” Kakonge said.
Kakonge said Muslims in Kabuna had met Oct. 12 to determine how to stop activities at the Christian school.
Muslims make up no more than 12 percent of Uganda’s population, with many concentrated in the eastern part of the country.
The incident is one of many recent attacks by nonstate figures on Christians in eastern Uganda. Uganda’s constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another. (MS)