The supreme mufti of Uganda, Sheik Zubair Kayongo, has passed away at Agakhan Hospital in Dar-es-Salaam (not Nairobi as earlier reported).
He was announced by Sheik Hassan Kirya, the spokesperson of Kibuli Mosque.
Kayongo whose headquarters were at Kibuli mosque has been ill for quite some time.
He has been hospitalized for two weeks now.
Reports say he had a kidney failure.
His body is still at Aga Khan hospital in Dar.
In 2009, Muslims opposed to Mufti, Sheik Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, chose Sheik Zubair Kayongo, as their new Mufti.
An Islamic scholar, Kayongo, 75, was deputised by Sheiks Abdullah Hakim Ssekimpi, a leader of one of the factions of the radical Tabliq Muslims and Habib Kabasa from Jinja district.
According to a profile compiled by Muslim clerics, Sheik Kayongo was born in Bbaale, Kayunga district to the late Hajji Sowedi Kayongo.
He studied at Katuumu Muslim School in Luweero district and later at Lamu Muslim College in Kenya.
He started teaching Islamic studies in 1955.
Served as a deputy Mufti to Sheik Luwemba in the 1980s. He also held the same post under Sheik Ahmad Mukasa when he was leading a faction based at Kibuli Mosque.
A member of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council’s college of sheiks.
He is close to the Buganda Kingdom leadership at Mengo and heads a conflict resolution committee of one of Buganda’s clans, the Kobe.
He has residences in Kiteezi, on Gayaza road in Wakiso district and Lwamata in Kiboga district.