The Supreme Mufti of Kibuli, Sheik Zubair Kayongo has this morning passed away at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi where he'd been rushed after a short illness. Sheik Kayongo had been one of the guests at the Kabaka's birthday celebrations. He was aged 83 at the time of his death.
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.
Served as a deputy Mufti to Sheik Luwemba in the 1980s. He also held the same post under Sheik Ahmad Mukasa when he was leading a faction based at Kibuli Mosque.
Kayongo was also a member of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council's college of sheiks.
He 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.
In February 2009, Muslims opposed to the Mufti, Sheik Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, named an Islamic scholar, Sheik Zubair Kayongo, as their own Mufti.
The election of Kayongo, 75, was a culmination of a legal and religious stand-off following accusations that Mubajje fraudulent sold off Muslim properties.