The funeral ceremony which was attended by various government and political leaders and other high profile people was preceded by prayers at Masjidi Noor Muhammad at Mombasa kwa Mchina in Zanzibar.
Among leaders who were in attendance included the Second Vice President Hemed Suleiman Abdulla, former Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, former Zanzibar Second Vice President, Amb. Seif Ali Iddi and other government officials and leaders from political parties.
Reading the late Mohamed Khatib’s profile at Umbuji, the Deputy Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Khamis Abdalla Said said the late Khatib was born at his home village of Umbuji in South Zanzibar Region.
He said the deceased is survived by a wife and six children.He said the deceased was educated and received various degrees and diplomas including Teachers Diploma from Nkrumah Teachers College in Zanzibar, Bachelor of Education at the University of Dar es Salaam, Master’s Degree from the University of London and PhD in Kiswahili from University of Dodoma.
He said the late Khatib was first employed as a teacher at various schools, including primary and secondary schools, instructor at the Zanzibar Swahili and Foreign Languages Institute and as part time lecturer at the University of Dodoma.
He said the late Khatib held various ministerial positions from 1988 to 2010- as Minister for Home Affairs; in the President’s Office dealing in Union Affairs, Information and Culture and Sports.
He said the late Khatib’s political profile included Uzini Member of Parliament from 1988 to 2015, Member of CCM National Executive Committee (CCM-NEC) from 1978 to 2017. Member of CCM Central Committee from 1995 to 2017.
The Deputy minister further said the late Khatib authored various books including ‘Fungate ya Uhuru’, ‘Wasaka Tonge’, ‘Utenzi wa Ukombozi’, ‘Chanjo’, ‘Vifaru Weusi’ and ‘Kipanga’ as well as several unpublished manuscripts.
He said the late Khatib was also chairman of Zanzibar’s Kiswahili Council from 2014 until his death, and also a member of Zanzibar public Service Commission.