By Michael Mugerwa
The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, on behalf of Government, has lauded His Highness the Aga Khan for the significant contribution to Uganda’s development and transformation journey. He said that over the years, the Aga Khan Development Network has employed a uniquely diverse approach to its work here in Uganda.
The Prime Minister was speaking at a reception held to welcome the new Diplomatic representative of the Aga Khan in Uganda His Excellency Ambassador Amin Mawji. The function took place at Kampala Serena Hotel.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), consists of a collection of development agencies; each one bringing a different kind of intervention. Today the Aga Khan entities in Uganda include infrastructure projects that are providing electricity, early childhood education programmes that help underprivileged communities, tourism projects like the Serena Hotel, media services and medical centers.
Rugunda noted that the Aga Khan Development Network was part of the fabric of Uganda. He said that the appointment of an Ambassador by His Highness the Aga Khan, was a strong symbol of commitment to Uganda. ‘His Highness was a very special friend of Uganda. We are grateful for this collaboration’, he said.
The reception also marked the 59th anniversary of the time when His Highness the Aga Khan became Imam of the Ismailia community. ‘On behalf of the Government of Uganda, I congratulate His Highness, the Ismailia community and the Aga Khan Development Network on this occasion of Imamat Day’, Rugunda said.
On his part, the AKDN Diplomatic representative Ambassador Amin Mawji, pledged to strengthen further the existing relationship in the East African region. ‘Aga Khan and Uganda share a lot of history and is part of its social and economic fabric’, he said.
The head of the Diplomatic Affairs of the AKDN Ambassador Arif Lalani, paid glowing tribute to the outgoing diplomatic representative. He thanked government for facilitating the process of land acquisition in Kampala to construct a world class teaching hospital in Uganda.
The reception was attended by a cross section of dignitaries who included Diplomats, Members of Parliament and Senior Government officials.