Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

5 January 2014

Tanzania: Mwinyi Meets Uganda Muslim Clerics

Kampala — FORMER President of Tanzania, Mr Ali Hassan Mwinyi visited Muslim clerics at Kibuli in Kampala and called for unity.

Mr Mwinyi was hosted in Uganda, by Prince Kassim Kakungulu Nakibinge a cousin to the Kabaka of the Buganda Kingdom, Ronald Mutebi at his residence in Kibuli. Supreme Mufti Zubir Kayongo and other Muslim clerics were in attendance.

During their meeting, Prince Kakungulu called for unity among Muslims in Uganda and the entire East African region. He said the regional cooperation could easily help Muslims tap economic opportunities and strengthen their faith in the region once they are united.

Prince Kakungulu said the visit by former President Mwinyi's aims at harmonising the Muslims in the two countries - Uganda and Tanzania.

"He wants to see unity among the Muslims in the entire region to benefit from the fruits of the integration. We cannot benefit anything from the integration if we remain divided.

Mr Mwinyi also plans to visit other countries for this cause," the Prince said. During the meeting, the leaders agreed to strengthen the relationship with Muslims in Tanzania and promote development among believers in the two countries.

Mr Mwinyi who is on an official three day visit to Uganda toured the Islamic University and other Muslim education institutes.

He also visited Kibuli Hospital and Kibuli Mosque, from where prayers were held. Mr Mwinyi was scheduled to meet President Yoweri Museveni at his residence in Rwakitura on Friday.

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