President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday flagged off a group of 103 Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage, Hajj. Their trip was fully sponsored by the President and his Sudan counterpart Omar al-Bashir.
A statement from the NRM Secretariat indicates that the delegation is comprised of 68 men and 35 women, however, EagleOnline has learnt that almost all the beneficiaries of the sponsorship are NRM cadres who were instrumental in ensuring the re-election of President Museveni and among them is Senior Presidential Advisor Hajji Abbey Mukwaya, Kyotera Member of Parliament and State Minister for Microfinance Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo, former KCCA councilor Salim Uhuru Saad, former New Vision Journalist Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi, Mbale NRM party chairperson Mohamood Masaba Mutenyo and Rubaga NRM chairperson Ibrahim Kitatta.
On average the Hajj costs Ugandan pilgrims anywhere between US$4,000 and US$4,700 (approx. Shs15m), without pocket money.
Hajj is the fifth and last pillar of Islam, where Muslims all over the world make pilgrimage to the Holy city of Mecca.