Museveni: Sheikh Kayongo United Muslims

Museveni greets mourners as Archbishop Nkoyoyo looks on

The Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) in partnership with City Oil has launched the 2015 Zone 4.2 Individual chess championships. The main competition will begin on Saturday 18th April and run up to 25th April 2015. The events were originally scheduled to be held at the Sojovalo hotel but will now be hosted at the City Oil, help Kira Rd main hall.

“We thank City Tyres who have provided the venue, fully equipped with amenities required for a conducive international FIDE rated tourney of this magnitude,” president of UCF Mr. Vianney Luggya said in the launch. He also hinted that the sponsors have availed six trophies for the top three winners in both categories.

There are seven countries participating in the championships. Egypt is the only country providing participants outside east African belt that includes Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda the host. Other countries in the zone that failed to turn up are Sychelles, Somalia and Sudan.

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The winner of the eight day tourney will represent the zone at the FIDE 2015 World Chess cup to be held in Baku, Azerbeijan from 10th September to 4th October 2015. The event will comprise an open section and a women’s section.  The winner in the open section will be awarded International Master (IM) title while the winner in the women’s section will be awarded the Woman International Master (WIM) title. Other titles will be awarded in accordance with FIDE title requirements.


Time control will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Draw offers are not allowed before completion Black’s move.

Thousands of mourners on Friday afternoon thronged Kibuli mosque to pay their last respects to the fallen Supreme Mufti Sheikh Zubair Kayongo who passed away on Thursay morning at Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam, store Tanzania.

Speaking to mourners, stomach President Yoweri Museveni said Kayongo was a man of his word and this he said could be witnessed through the large following he had among the Muslim community.

Sheikh Kayongo died in Dar es Salaam yesterday

Sheikh Kayongo died in Dar es Salaam yesterday

“No one gives you credibility but   you build it yourself. He was one person who commanded credibility among a large section of the Muslim community and his death is a big loss not only to the Muslims but the country at large, look ” Museveni said.

“He was a person who hated divisionism in the religion and was at the forefront of unifying all believers. I last met him in 1982 but according to what I saw, he was capable of living many more years and this could be witnessed through his sharp brain. It’s a big loss to all of us that he has gone at this time.”

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga [R] represented Kabaka Mutebi at the occasion

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga [R] represented Kabaka Mutebi at the occasion

The President urged believers to emulate him and take forward the struggle of uniting believers as the fallen Sheikh Kayongo wished.

“This was the same thing while still fighting, whenever we lost a comrade, we continued with the war. I urge you to keep with the spirit of unity as he always did. Divisionism is the cause of evil and this can be witnessed in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. It was divisionism that led to the murder of your fellow Muslims but thank God the perpetrators were all apprehended,” Museveni told mourners.

“Let’s all continue with the struggle for unity in the religion.”

Gen David Sejusa, former Mayor Ssebaggala and Deputy Premier Gen Moses Ali were in attendance

Gen David Sejusa, former Mayor Ssebaggala and Deputy Premier Gen Moses Ali were in attendance

In his speech, Prince Kassim Nakibinge described the deceased Muslim leader as transparent and trustworthy; a person who loved his religion.

“He could not easily side with anybody but if he happened to do so, he always kept his word. It was because of this that he tried to bring all believers together but never deviated from the principles of the Muslim religion,” Prince Nakibinge described the deceased.

Sheikh Kayongo will be laid to rest today in Kiboga

Sheikh Kayongo will be laid to rest today in Kiboga

The Kabaka of Buganda in his message read by the kingdom Prime Minister Charles Peter Mayiga described the deceased as person who loved his religion, kingdom and country at large whose death would be a great loss to the country.

“On my 60th birthday, he was among those who attended but little did I know, that was the last time we would see each other. His death is a great loss and has left a big gap to the country, “said the Kabaka.

Among other big shots at the function included former Church of Uganda Archbishop Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo, Dr.Kiiza Besigye, former spymaster David Sejusa and other dignitaries.

Sheikh Zubair Kayongo will be laid to rest later on Friday at Buswabulongo in Kiboga district.


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