KAMPALA - President Paul Kagame will today join nine other Heads of State in the Ugandan Capital Kampala during the inauguration of a mosque named after Libyan President Col. Muammar Gaddafi.
The President’s office yesterday confirmed Kagame would be travelling today to Kampala. He last visited the Ugandan Capital last November during the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit.
"It is true he will attend," the Director of Cabinet in the President’s Office, Maj. Gen. Frank Mugambage, confirmed yesterday.
Organisers in Kampala yesterday confirmed that Presidents Mwai Kibaki (Kenya), Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi) and Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete had also confirmed their participation. Also expected to attend are Presidents Idriss Deby of Chad, Umar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir of Sudan, Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal), Mali’s Amadou Toumani Toure and Mamadou Tandja of Niger.
Gaddaffi, who has been in Kampala since the weekend, financed the construction of the mosque as a donation to the Ugandan Muslim community. "These Heads of State will be in Uganda purposely to witness the official opening ceremony of the Gadaffi Mosque although on the same day, there will be prayers at Nakivubo Stadium to be led by Gaddafi after the opening ceremony," Ugandan Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Nsaba Buturo, told journalists.
He said the inauguration will be witnessed by 3,500 international guests, most of them had arrived in Kampala by yesterday.
Gaddafi, who on Monday urged for unity among African and Arab youth, arrived in Kampala with a huge delegation, four choppers and a fleet of vehicles.