The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of 15-million Ismaili Mohammedans around the world, is in east Africa for an extensive "Meet the people" tour.
The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of 15-million Ismaili Mohammedans around the world, is in east Africa for an extensive "Meet the people" tour. In Kenya where he has over 20-thousand followers, he was given a warm welcome this week and on Tuesday entertained at a luncheon given for him in Nairobi by Kenya's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Njoroge Mungai.
The 25-year-old Aga Khan, who spent his childhood in Kenya, said on his arrival in Nairobi he was sincerely happy to be back.
SYNOPSIS: The Hilton Hotel in Nairobi was the setting on Tuesday for a luncheon given by Kenya's Foreign Minister Dr. Njoroge Mungai for the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the country's 20-thousand Ismaili population.
The Aga Khan flew into Nairobi the evening before to start a five-day "meet-the-people" visit. On his arrival he reminded his hosts that he had spent his childhood in Kenya, so that his heart was "very Kenyan".
Doctor Mungai said in his speech that investors could come to Kenya without fear that their property would be seized. Earlier he had paid tribute to the contribution made in Kenya's development by the Ismaili community. It was a very relaxed and cordial event, attended by Kenya's Minister for Tourism, Mr. Shako, and senior Government officials.
In his reply the guest of honour said that he would do everything he could to make sure that Kenya's Ismaili community stepped up its contribution to the country's economic development. The spiritual leader of 15-million Ismailis around the world, the Aga Khan is on an extensive tour of East African countries. His wife, the Begum, was due to join him on thursday.