8 October 2017 - Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Uganda this afternoon for his first Diamond Jubilee visit. 

The Attorney General, Hon. William Byaruhanga welcomed him to Uganda and Ismaili Council for Uganda President Minaz Jamal welcomed him on behalf of the Jamat. The AKDN Resident Representative Amin Mawji and other Jamati leaders were also present at the airport.

In a colourful ceremony at Entebbe airport, the Uganda Police Band played the Nashid al Imamah and the Ugandan National Anthem and Mawlana Hazar Imam walked past a Guard of Honour. Local dancers also performed a traditional greeting.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is in Uganda at the invitation of His Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. After leaving the airport, Hazar Imam called on the President at State House Entebbe. Tomorrow, he will accompany the President to a celebration of Uganda's 55th Independence in Bushenyi.

While in Uganda, Mawlana Hazar Imam is expected to grace the Jamat with the first Darbar of his Diamond Jubilee year, which marks 60 years of his Imamat as the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community.