Former Tanzanian president to visit Mombasa

Former Tanzanian Presidents Jakaaya Kikwete and Alhajji Hassan Mwinyi.Mwinyi is set to visit Mombasa and the Coastal region this weekend PHOTO COURTESY

Former Tanzanian President Al-hajj Ali Hassan Mwinyi will be on a three-day visit of the Kenyan Coast this weekend.

The former head of state will be in the country courtesy of the Majmaul Ahbaab Society to attend the annual Maulid celebrations at Mambrui in Malindi sub county, Kilifi County.

According to a tentative program availed to the media, the visiting former head of state is expected to land at Mombasa’s Moi International Airport before mid-day on Saturday.

Upon his arrival he and his entourage will have lunch at the residence of a local politician at Shanzu in Mombasa County while on his way to Kilifi County.

The chairman of Majmaul Ahbaab Society Ustadh Mutaman Al Beidh said the annual celebration is in remembrance of Muslim personalities and prominent Islamic scholars who played a major role in the spreading of Islam and the message of peace including unity in East Africa.

He said the 58th annual celebrations are part of the remembrance of their great work and contribution to the society.

“We are hereby honored to remind you of the annual celebrations,” he said in his invitation letter.

The society chairman told journalists the celebrations begins on Sunday and ends on Monday with the chief guest making his second appearance this year. The last time the former president was chief guest was in 2013.

Mutaman said the climax of the great celebrations will be on Monday where there will be a visit to the grave site of Al Mujaahidu Al- Kabir and Sharif Said Al- Beidh.

He said other dignitaries expected to attend the celebrations include Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, Mombasa governor Hassan Ali Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amazon Kingi who have been invited.

Other Muslim scholars from different countries have also been invited to attend this year’s annual event.

Kwale senator Issa Juma and his Kilifi counterpart Stewart Madzayo have also confirmed their attendance to the two-day celebrations. 

Hassan Mwinyi was the second president of the Republic of  Tanzania from 1985 to 1995.