Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mixed Mood In Uganda Over Qaddafi's Death

By Bwette Daniel Gilbert
Reporter
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Word is going around that the longest serving leader from Africa, Colonel Muammar Qaddafi of Libya, died in a gun battle today.
Qaddafi Mosque in KampalaPhoto: Michal Vogt
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The spokesman for the Libyan National Transitional Council, Abdullah Berrassali, told reporters today that Qaddafi was killed after a gunfight between his supporters and fighters loyal to the new government.
In Uganda, the mood is mixed.
Qaddafi was considered an influential leader here and made quite a number of investments for Libya in Uganda, including the Victoria Hotel. He also owned shares in Uganda Telecom Limited, Toro Kingdom, Tropical Bank and more.
There are fears that Qaddafi’s death might affect the financial stability of these companies as well as the Ugandan economy as a whole. But only time will tell how Qaddafi’s death impacts Uganda’s economy.
Qaddafi has been close to the country’s Muslim population, too, even building one of the biggest mosques at Old Kampala. It is named for him: Qaddafi Mosque.
A spokesman for the Uganda media center said it is too early to confirm whether or not the government here will comment on Qaddafi’s demise.

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