Uganda’s oldest mosque, Masjid Mbogo has received a paint donation from paints giant, Kansai Plascon.
The paint donation was handed over to Muslim leaders by Plascon managing director Santosh Gumte on Friday afternoon at an event held at the mosque’s construction site in Kawempe, Kampala.
“Masjid Mbogo is a very big landmark in the Islamic faith in Uganda. As a company, we thought it right to join hands with the Muslim community in the preservation of the heritage that this historical mosque holds,” Gumte said.
“We stand in partnership with you by making this humble contribution because we understand the value attached to this mosque which was built in memory of Prince Nuhu Kyabasinga Mbogo, a key leader of the Muslim faith in Uganda,” he added.
Constructed in 1903, the historical mosque located at Kawempe Muslim primary school had been dilapidated which prompted management to start construction of a new one.
The previous mosque was able to handle a capacity of 400 faithfuls, but it had become too small for the ever-growing masses that flock the place for Juma prayers every Friday.
According to management, the redeveloped mosque is hoped to hold a capacity of about 1,700 people. Plascon’s donation is one of the many interventions that the paint company has undertaken to assist religious establishments in the country.
Plascon’s contribution to Masjid Mbogo Mosque is not the first time the company has supported community development projects in Uganda.
Over the past 10 years, several establishments including schools, churches, orphanage homes, hospitals and community-based organizations have benefited from the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Earlier this month, the company donated Shs 20 million to the Anglican Church of Uganda to help them towards the repayment of the debt it incurred towards the construction of Church House.