President Kibaki attends inauguration of Kampala mosque
Written By:PPS , Posted: Thu, Mar 20, 2008
President Mwai Kibaki Wednesday joined other regional leaders at the inauguration of the Gaddafi National Mosque at Old Kampala Hill in Kampala, Uganda.
The ceremony, which was conducted by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, was scheduled to coincide with the birthday of Prophet Mohammed.
The mosque, named after the Libyan leader, is reputed to be the largest in Africa and has a sitting capacity of 12,200 people.
Construction of the Mosque was funded by the World Islamic Call Society, a Libyan non-governmental organization.
The leaders were conducted on a tour of the grand mosque by His eminence the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje.
Regional leaders who were in attendance included Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Pierre Nkrunziza of Burundi, Ismael Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali, Abeid Amani Karume of Zanzibar, Abdullahi Yusuf of Somalia and Guinea-Conakry Prime Minister Lansana Kouyate.
In his speech the Libyan leader called on members of all faiths to learn to live with each other in harmony by adhering to the commands of God.
Accompanying the President for the ceremony were Ministers Moses Wetangula and Mohammed Yusuf Haji and Members of Parliament Mohamed Hussein Ali, Hassan Ali Joho, Shakila Abdalla, Amina Abdallah, Eugene Wamalwa and the Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi.