Monday 11 March, 1997 -- Kampala


By Alfred Wasike

THE leader of the Ismailia Muslim Community worldwide, His Highness the Aga Khan, has told President Yoweri Museveni that he is happy with his projects in Uganda.

I am very happy and satisfied with the progress of my work in Uganda. My work is going well her since my agreement with you since I was last here, said the spiritual leader of several million followers in 25 countries said yesterday. He was last in Uganda in April 1992.

The Aga Khan, who lives in France, was here on one- day visit to start an eight-day tour of his projects in East Africa. He made the remarks when he was responding to questions by President Museveni at the State house in Kampala at 3:45 p.m. The talks were later closed.

But the Minister of State for Economic Monitoring, Syda Bumba, later told the media that the Aga Khan came to expand his educational and health projects. She said he intends to establish health care centres and educational institutions in the rural areas. The Aga Khan is to give grants to Mulago and other hospitals in the country through the Finance Ministry.

The President asked him to venture into agro-based industries, Bumba said. He was later seen off at 5.40 p.m. at Entebbe International Airport by the Minister of State in charge of International Cooperation, Dr Martin Aliker, other Uganda government officials and more than 100 members of the Ismailia Muslim Community including some prominent Kampala businessmen like Karim Hirji of the Grand Imperial Hotel / Hotel Equatoria and Amirali Karmali of Mukwano Industries. He flew to Nairobi, Kenya.

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