His Highness the Aga Khan, who has been in Uganda at the invitation of President Yoweri Museveni as guest of honour at the country’s 55th independence anniversary celebrations, today concluded his visit and left the country.
During his 4-day stay in Uganda, the Aga Khan, who is 49th hereditary spiritual leader (Imam) of the Shia Ismail Muslims, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), was decorated with the Most Excellent Order of the Pearl of Africa medal, in recognition of his colossal contributions to Uganda’s Development and to humanity.
Aga Khan has been deeply engaged in the development of countries around the world through the work of his Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
He and his grandfather before him, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, have had a presence in Uganda and the region for more than a hundred years.
The immense contribution of the Aga Khan and the Ismaili Imamat to Uganda has included social development (education, nursing, healthcare, civil society strengthening, and rural support), infrastructure development, tourism promotion, industrial promotion, financial services development, media for development and cultural development.
Museveni decorated the Aga Khan during the celebrations marking Uganda’s 55th Independence anniversary that was held in Bushenyi district on October 9.
The Aga Khan was seen off this morning at Entebbe International Airport by the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga and Ambassador Amin Mawji, who is the the diplomatic representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Uganda.