New Imam, Shaaban Mkindi (Left) Bakwata chairman for Bondeni Abdallah Salim (Center) and the area religion sovereign Sheikh Abdulkadir Omar at the Bondeni mosque last weekend. Abdulaziz Shaaban Mkindi has been officially named the new Imam for the central Bondeni Friday Mosque which has, for many years, been under series of short interim leaderships. This was announced by Sheikh Abdallah Salim, who is the Bondeni area sovereign for the Muslim Council in Tanzania-Arusha chapter. Salim announced the new Mosque leadership line-up during a press conference held there late last week. The new Imam, Shaaban Mkindi was also present at the meeting. According to Sheikh Salim, the new Imam was rightfully voted onto the position during the official election which was held in the night of Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at about 8.30 pm. The last election took place in 1990. The voting exercise was supervised by the Sheikh-in-charge of Bondeni Street, Abdulkadir Omar Mlundi as hundreds of mosque members and other Muslims watched on. The new protocol for the Bondeni Friday mosque also includes, Yusuf Mahmoud who becomes the new Secretary; Alhaj Abdul A. Nassoro the new treasurer and five other members of the committee. The committee members include; Saidi Dirie, Hassan Magire, Adam Tassama, Hassan Abdallah Omari and Jaffer Lema. Also elected were two more Bondeni area representatives in the General meetings, these are; Ally Saad and Yusuf Mchinja. To deal with conflict resolutions, the electoral process came up with names of five elderly personalities to form the advisory panel, these are; Hajj Rajab Masumai, Ahmad Kihago, Hussein Bakari, Ahmed Kassa and Mohammed Shariff Ali. Goodwill cheers filled the climax of the three hours long meeting as faithful graced their first democratically chosen leadership in about 20 years. The Friday Mosque has undergone some periods of want including the resignation of former Imam, Sheikh Ali Kisiwa, the removal of the former Secretary, Ali Mzee and the untimely death of the latters predecessor Alhaj Mohammed Mollel. Muslims in Arusha are now fully united, added Sheikh Abdulkadir Omar who is in charge of religious matters in Bondeni. We have just elected new leaders and the Muslims are now happy, even those who had either stopped turning up at the mosque or who moved their prayer elsewhere, out of being sceptic, have now resumed regular attendance, Sheikh Omar maintained.