President Yoweri Museveni has reiterated that perpetrators of Muslim Cleric murders will be arrested.
He was speaking at the prayers for the send-off of Mufti Sheikh Zubair Kayongo at Kibuli mosque in Kampala this afternoon.
“I have come here to express my condolences to the family of late Sheikh Zubair Kayongo and to the Muslim Community,” he said.
“In the past, Uganda’s life expectancy was 43 years because we did not immunise children and on account of AIDS in early 80s. It is now 53 years. I was reading papers and I saw that late Sheikh Kayongo died at 83 years. He could have lived longer but that is God’s will. 83 years is the lifespan in Europe,” he narrated.
The President said Sheikh Kayongo’s death was a pity for Uganda and the Muslim community at this crucial time of solving misunderstandings.
“Sheikh Kayongo seemed to have credibility. It is, therefore, a pity for him to die at this crucial time.”
He added: “When we were fighting, we lost some of our people but struggled on. I was in Koboko yesterday and I saw a road straight to South Sudan. Sheikh Kayongo has gone but I encourage you to continue with efforts to unite Muslims.”
He lauded Kayongo for standing strong to fight discrimination.
Museveni also remembered some of the Sheikhs that have been killed saying their murderers have nowhere to hide and will be arrested.
He extended his condolences to the family of late Sheikh Kayongo and the Muslim community which he urged to unite.
“Let us keep the struggle for unity,” he advised.
Speaking on the same occasion, the Buganda Prime Minister, Charles Peter Mayiga, described Kayongo’s death as a big blow to religious, political and traditional institutions across the country.
Kayongo succumbed to kidney failure at Agakhan Hospital in Dar-es- Salaam yesterday.
The late will be laid to rest today at his country home in Kiboga.