The body of Supreme Mufti of the Kibuli-based Muslims, Sheikh Zubair Kayongo who died on Thursday morning while on an official trip to Tanzania was Friday morning returned home.
By Eddie Ssejjoba
The body of Supreme Mufti of the Kibuli-based Muslims, Sheikh Zubair Kayongo who died on Thursday morning while on an official trip to Tanzania was Friday morning returned home as the country mourned 'a great leader who worked for peace among the Muslim community.'
The body arrived at Entebbe International Airport aboard Kenya Airways at 9.15am and was received by a section of senior clerics, friends and relatives led by Prince Kassim Mbuga Kakungulu.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Asuman Mugenyi, on behalf of government handed over the body to the spokesperson of the Kibuli faction, Sheikh Hassan Kirya.
Present were Kayongo's first deputy, Sheikh Mohamood Kibaate, Sheikh Obedi Kamulegeya, Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago, Kawempe MP Hajji Latif Ssebaggala, Hajji Lubega Kaddunabbi among others.
The Sheikhs and other mourners converged around the coffin for prayers at the airport after which it was put in the Uganda Funeral Services ambulance and driven to his home in Kagoma, Wakiso district in a convoy led by the Uganda Police.
The body stayed for a short while at the home where relatives and friends who had gathered since Thursday bid farewell to their loved 'teacher, father, grandfather, friend and mentor.'
Several villagers and relatives however missed him as the body was driven away as crowds poured at home to bid him goodbye.
It was again driven in a convoy to Kibuli Mosque where Muslims officially prayed for him at the Juma Prayers.
President Yoweri Museveni and other government officials attended the prayers. It was later taken for his final rest at his country home in Lwamata, Kiboga districts where hundreds of mourners went to pay their last respects to the man who was at the helm of Kibuli Muslim faction for six years.
Sheik Zubair Kayongo''s last journey