By Jeff Andrew Lule
KAMPALA - Former President of Tanzania Hassan Mwinyi visited the Muslim clerics in Kibuli and called for unity among the two factions on Thursday.
Mwinyi was hosted by the founder of Islam in Uganda, Prince Kassim Kakungulu Nakibinge at his residence in Kibuli.
Supreme Mufti Zubir Kayongo and other Muslim clerics were also present.
During their meeting, the former leader called for unity among the Muslims in Uganda and the entire East African region following the integration.
He said the regional integration can easily help the Muslims tap economic opportunities and strengthen their faith in the region once they are united.
Prince Nakibinge said the former President Mwinyi’s visit was particularly aimed at harmonizing the Muslims in the two countries – Uganda and Tanzania.
“He wants to see unity among the Muslims in the entire region to easily benefit from the fruits of the integration.
“We cannot benefit anything from the integration when we are divided. He also plans to visit other countries for this cause,” he said of Mwinyi’s trip.
During the meeting, they also agreed to strengthen the relationship with Muslims in Tanzania to promote development among the believers in the two countries.
The ex-Tanzanian president who is on an official three day state visit to Uganda first toured the Islamic university and other Muslim education institutions.
He also visited Kibuli Hospital and Kibuli Mosque, from where he had prayers.
Mwinyi was scheduled to meet President Yoweri Museveni at his country home in Rwakitula on Friday where he would conclude his visit.
Ex-Tanzania president meets Kibuli Muslim clerics