The Monitor (Kampala)
February 3, 2004

Hussein Bogere

Aga Khan to Aid Displaced

Hussein Bogere Kampala

His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Uganda held a bazaar on Sunday to raise money for the internally displaced people in northern and eastern Uganda.

Energy minister Syda Bbumba presided over the ceremony held at Kyadondo Rugby Ground in Kampala.

Handing over the gifts, which included mattresses and blankets, Bbumba thanked the Ismaili community for the bazaar.

"This is a very good gesture," she said.

"It's a bridge on which government can build."

She paid tribute to minister of state for Disaster Preparedness, Ms Christine Aporu, as well as the Aga Khan Foundation.

The Aga Khan is the leader of the worldwide Ismaili Muslim community. Other items donated included soap, oil, and eight bulls from the Madina International Community for the Idd festivities.

At the same ceremony, Bbumba gave a Shs 2 million cheque to the director of Kibuli Hospital, Dr Mohamoud El-Gazar.

"This is a humble contribution from the Aga Khan Foundation," she said.