At least Shs 67m was raised in cash and construction materials as NBS television wound up phase one of its Kawempe Mbogo mosque fundraising drive that started in the Muslim month of Ramadhan.
The contribution is part of NBS’ corporate social responsibility, where staff and management have joined Mbogo mosque management to build the new structure. The cheque was handed over recently by NBS chairman Kin Kariisa to the mosque’s management committee led by former deputy mayor Hajji Hasib Takuba, at Kawempe Mbogo.
The current mosque was built way back in 1904 by the late Nuhu Mbogo Kyabasinga and it can no longer hold the growing population of Muslims in the area. The campaign involved NBS TV viewers contributing through mobile money, bank and cash donations as well as hard construction materials.
The reconstruction requires at least Shs 1.3bn. The foundation, which is now complete, has consumed more than Shs 150m. The new mosque will include offices and other amenities.
“Mbogo is a very big name that needs big recognition. He is not for only Muslims but for all people so, we think that by building such a mosque, we will be highlighting his contribution to the nation,” said Hajji Muhammad Kibirige Mayanja, chairman Mbogo Muslim Community.
Also present at the handover were Kawempe North MP Hajji Latif Ssebaggalla and area councilor Shifrah Lukwago. Speakers praised the Mbogo family for their role in spreading and guarding Islam even beyond Ugandan borders.
Source : The Observer