By Akech Oilvia
State Minister of Finance in charge of Planning, David Bahati has mourned the passing away of political analyst, Sheikh Dr. Anas Kallisa.
Bahati in a brief statement posted on his social media page on Wednesday evening, just an hour after the pronouncement of Kaliisa’s death, described the deceased as a distinguished scholar and a patriotic man who positively contributed to the social development of the country.
I have learnt with sadness the death of a distinguished scholar, patriot, elder and friend Sheikh Kaliisa,” said Bahati.
The Minister noted that Sheikh Kaliisa, who was chairman of Salam Charity Foundation, lived an impactful life characterized by imparting knowledge through the media and other platforms.
“We thank God for his impactful life & the many lives he touched through his teachings and knowledge sharing . He was a man full of wisdom,” added Bahati.
Bahati conveyed his condolences to the family of the deceased including his brother Kin Kariisa, the Chief Executive officer of Next Media, the mother company of NBS Television where the departed Kaliisa worked for years.
Kin Kariisa confirmed the death of his elder brother yesterday evening.
“It is with great pain that I share with you that my elder brother, and Chairman of Salam Charity Foundation, Dr. A. A. Kaliisa, has died this evening. Dr. Kaliisa has been more than just my brother. He raised me and has been a father figure to me. May God rest his soul in eternal peace,” Kin tweeted.
Sheikh Dr. Anas Kaliisa was the founding chairman of the House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda, a non-denominational and not-for-profit organisation.
The organisation was set up to manage and administer Zakat (alms) and Waqf or endowment in accordance with the teaching of the Holy Quran and Hadith for the social wellbeing of Muslims and development of Islam.
Kaliisa, also served as the Secretary of the Eminent Council of Sheikhs of Uganda and Chairman Muslim Jurists Uganda.