Muslim faithfuls in Kitgum are gearing up for the commissioning of the largest mosque in the district. The construction of the Kitgum Central Mosque was financed by the Turkish Embassy in Kampala at the tune of Shillings 400 million.
Construction of the 1,200 sitter mosque was completed two weeks ago. Hajj Saddick Okello, the acting Imam Kitgum Central Mosque, says the mosque says the facility was built with the generous contributions of Turkish Embassy through the Kisuggu based Solidarity for Assistance Uganda initiative.
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The mosque is located east of Kitgum Public Primary school on Uhuru drive, right in the heart of Kitgum town. The old mosque was demolished to pave way for the expanded facility equipped with a spacious car parking space and offices secured with a wire fence amongst others.
Commissioning of the mosque is tentatively set for November 23rd. Hajj Okello says management views the commissioning as a trigger to series of development activities aimed at revolutionizing worship and Muslim evangelism in the area.
He says their target is to use the new mosque as a launch pad for other development projects including orphans and needy support programs among others.
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Abdallah Juma Jalle, the Overseer of Muslims in East Acholi, says the construction of the modern Mosque is a milestone for the growth and expansion of Islam in the sub region.
Okello says the new mosque is equipped with a convert center and learning institute for Imams and Sheikhs.