Said Zubedi - prominent
businessman and philanthropist
SPENT MUCH OF HIS CONSIDERABLE FORTUNE IN PROMOTING
KENYAN WELFARE INSTITUTIONS AND HELPING POOR STUDENTS
Coast philanthropist and Mombasa businessman
Abdallah Said Zubedi has died while on a visit to
Sanaa, Yemen, writes FARAJ
Over many years he spent much of his
considerable fortune in promoting Kenyan welfare institutions and helping poor
students to pay their school fees.
Since his school days Abdallah was noted for
his generous character, always helpful and active involvement, and possessing
very positive leadership qualities.
He was educated at the Mombasa
Arab Boys Primary and Arab Secondary Schools and was a leading Arab Boy Scout.
It was his ‘Madrassatul’
teacher Sheikh Salmin who founded the Arab Scout troop and appointed him its
leader and he remained so throughout his life as its active patron.
He was nationally famous for his
sponsoring the ‘Round Table’ Voice of Kenya television opera for fund
raising in supporting welfare institutions and poor children.
The slot used to collect donated
goods – such as television sets, radios, refrigerators - and auction them and
the money collected would be distributed to some welfare institutions for poor
by the Mombasa Lions and Rotary Clubs.
Abdallah was recognized as a highly respected
Coast Arab leader who served not only his community but the entire Coast
population with great energy and enthusiasm.
He established a profitable firm
exporting coffee and tea to the Arab Gulf – his company was known as Mwangi
As a young man Abdallah was a
prolific correspondent to the Mombasa Times ‘Letters to Editor’
section, vehemently fighting for the Arab community rights.
Among his well known close friends included the
former Deputy Governor of Central Bank, Sheikh Ahmed Abdalla, the Ship chandlers
Sheikh Mohamed N. Muses and Sheikh Mohamed Gharib of Formax Insurance Brokers
Ahmed Abdalla described him as a reliable,
honest businessman, hard working and deeply dedicated to welfare activities.
Mohamed N. Muses on hearing of his
friend’s death quoted a Holy Qur’an verse:
"A soul does not know what
is in store for him tomorrow neither does it know in which land to die.’
Several hundred of his
acquaintances were deeply sad for not being able to pay their last respect due
to the fact that Abdallah’s funeral rites were held at Sanaa.
They submitted their condolences to his widow
and seven grown up offspring Said, Moha, Omar and four daughters.
May Almighty Allah rest
his soul in Paradise, ameen.
S. Zubedi was a
good friend of Lions Club
believed in helping the needy ...
and he followed what he preached
is with utmost regret to learn of passing away of one of the top
philanthropists of this country.
Mr. Abdallah S. Zubedi was a good friend of our lions club and had
high regards for charity for the needy.
very pleasant personality and of helpful nature.
was one of those good people who believed in helping the needy and he
did follow what he preached.
surely are going to miss him and his always friendly cheerful smile.
almighty rest his soul in eternal peace - Amen.
N.D. Rawal, Hon. Secretary, Lions Club Of