Saturday, March 15, 2008

10 Presidents descend on Kampala for opening of Gaddafi National Mosque

KAMPALA - Libyan president Col. Muammar Gadaffi arrives in Uganda this weekend for the official opening of the new mosque at Old Kampala, scheduled for March 19. Ten other African heads of governments are expected to grace the function which will end in a prayer conducted by Gadaffi at Nakivubo Stadium the same day. He will also close the Afro-Arab conference going on in Munyonyo Resort.

Ethics and integrity state minister Dr. Nsaba Buturo said leaders from Rwanda, Kenya, Chad, Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, Senegal, Mali and Niger will arrive between March 17 and 19. The mosque, named after the Libyan leader, is surrounded by the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council offices, a computer laboratory and conference hall. “It is a magnificent piece of architecture that will add to Kampala’s beauty. It is a pride not only for Muslims but for Ugandans,” Buturo said yesterday.
He added that the Government was interested in the event in order to promote unity among the different religions in the country.

Meanwhile, Kampala resident district commissioner, Alice Muwanguzi, has said the security in the city may increase because of the presidents’ visit. “You might be asked by security personnel to identify yourself, but please cooperate.” Muwanguzi was commissioning the Namungoona One Cooperative Savings and Credit Society in Lubya parish, Lubaga Division on Thursday. “The area around Nakivubo Stadium will be sealed off. Some roads will be inaccessible,” she said.

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