Mufti Sheikh Zubairi Kayongo is dead.He was 81.
The cleric passed on Wednesday morning at Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where he has been receiving treatment for the last two weeks.
Kayongo’s death was confirmed by His deputy, Sheikh Mahmoud Kibaate.
“It’s true, he is gone,” Kibaate told ChimpReports.
“The body is undergoing a post-mortem and we will keep you posted on this development.”
in 2009, Muslims opposed to the Mufti, Sheik Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, named Islamic scholar, Sheik Zubair Kayongo, as their own Mufti.
The election of Kayongo was a culmination of a legal and religious rift following accusations that Mubajje fraudulent sold off Muslim properties.
Sheik Kayongo was born in Bbaale, Kayunga district to the late Hajji Sowedi Kayongo.
He studied at Katuumu Muslim School in Luweero district and later at Lamu Muslim College in Kenya. He started teaching Islamic studies in 1955.
He served as a deputy Mufti to Sheik Luwemba in the 1980s. He also held the same post under Sheikh Ahmad Mukasa when he was leading a faction based at Kibuli Mosque.
He was a member of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council’s college of sheiks.
Kayongo was close to the Buganda Kingdom leadership at Mengo and headed a conflict resolution committee of one of Buganda’s clans, the Kobe.
He had residences in Kiteezi, on Gayaza road in Wakiso district and Lwamata in Kiboga district.