January, 1970

Imam - E - Zaman Visits Kenya

Mowlana Hazar Imam Shah Karim Al-Hussaini paid a five day visit to Kenya, last month. He was accorded a warm welcome on his arrival in Nairobi from Kampala.

Imam-e-Zaman who arrived in his private jet from Entebbe, was met by the Vice-President, Mr. Daniel arap Moi, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Njoroge Mungai, the Attorney-General, Mr. Charles Njonjo, Mr. Mwai Kibaki, Minister for Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Mr. Jackson Angaine, Minister for Land and Settlement. Assistant Ministers and Government officials and the President of the Supreme Council for Africa and personal representative of His Royal Highness in East Africa, Sir Eboo Pirbhai.

More than 100 representatives of Ismaili Councils in Nairobi and other centres in East Africa crowded the VIP Lounge to greet His Royal Highness. Present also were the President of the Ismaili Council for Kenya. Mr. Akbarali Nanji, and Mr. M. Rajan President of the Nairobi Council.

Mowlana Hazar Imam was given a VIP police escort to Sir Eboo's residence, where he stayed.

Before leaving for Kampala he attended a luncheon given in his honour by President Obote and his wife at their Kololo residence.

Shortly after the Aga Khan's departure, the President of the Ismaili Council in Uganda, Mr. Malik Lakha, told newsmen at Entebbe Airport that High Highness had expressed gratitude for the reception accorded to him by the Uganda Government and the coverage of his visit by the Press, Radio and Television.

He said the Aga Khan had been impressed by the Uganda Police and had donated L500 to them.

He had also donated L1,000 to the Miria Obote Charity Fund and 1,000/ - to a group of Guides and Brownies who, under the leadership of the wife of the Minister for Internal Affairs, Mr. Bataringaya, had welcomed him at Entebbe.

Source: Ismaili Mirror, January, 1970

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