Syedna prays with President and PM for people of Kagera
The Dawoodi Bohra community yesterday presented cheques for 250,000 US dollars (545 million Tanzanian Shillings) to President John Magufuli as relief aid to Kagera earthquake victims.
The earthquake measured at a magnitude of 5.7 on the Richter scale, hit the region on September 10, this year, killing at least 17 people and injuring 253 others.
According to a press statement availed to the 'Daily News' by State House, the cheques were presented to President Magufuli by the Spiritual Leader of Dawoodi Bohra community, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin at the State House in Dar es Salaam.
The statement said, out of the total amount donated, the Spiritual Leader contributed USD 100,000 while the central Bohra authority donated USD 100,000 and the remaining USD 50,000 was given by the members of Tanzania Bohra community.
Apart from the relief aid, Dr Saifuddin promised to build a hospital in the country to serve Tanzanians. He also said that his community will provide scholarships for medical personnel and cover the cost of 20 patients who will be sent to India for medical treatment.
On his part, president Magufuli expressed gratitude to Dr Saifuddin for their contribution to the tremor victims and their decision to hold their Ashara meeting in Tanzania thus bringing about 31,000 visitors from various nations across the world.
"I am grateful for your visit in our country, your visit has strengthened the relation between the Bohra community and Tanzania and also it has contributed to the country's economy," President Magufuli said.
President Magufuli also commended the community for its pledge of building a hospital in Tanzania and training to medical personnel, saying the move will help to save a lot of money which the government could spend for the service.
He also invited members of the Bohra community to come and invest in Tanzania in various sectors including industry, agriculture, transport, fisheries, among others. He assured government support for those who will be interested to invest in the country.
The Dawoodi Bohra community celebrated the Islamic New Year and Ashara which was associated with a weeklong convention held from October 1 to October 11 this year in Dar es Salaam.Daily News Tanzania report