News 2008


Land And Inequalities Cause of Unrest, Say Imams

The East African Standard (Nairobi)

3 February 2008

Khadija Yusuf


Land is at the centre of the current crisis, the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) has said.

In an open letter to the former UN Secretary General Mr Kofi Annan, CIPK Secretary General, Sheikh Mohammed Dor, said the former regimes are to blame for contributing to the current crisis.

He said unfair distribution of resources and employment in the Government are some of the causes of the crisis.

Dor called on the Government to find a lasting solution on land crisis and ensure equal distribution of resources.

"Land is the key fundamental issue at the moment. It is high time the Government stepped in to solve the crisis for the sake of the future generation," said Dor.

He added: "We have faith on the mediation teams picked by ODM and the Government."

He also warned leaders against careless remarks that were likely to fuel more violence and cripple the mediation talks.

"A good example is that of President Kibaki at the AU summit. He insisted that he was dully elected and called on his critics to go to court. That remark alone has already sparked anger. We appeal to Anan to ask Kibaki to withdraw the statement if he values the work of the mediators," said Dor.

At the same time, CIPK demanded that an independent body be formed to investigate the deaths of two ODM MPs.

He pointed out that reports issued by police and family members have contradicted each other. He said that an independent body would unearth the truth behind the killings.

The two MPs, Mugabe Were (Embakasi) and David Too (Ainamoi) were killed within a span of 48 hours. The Imams also plan to hold public rallies in the entire Coast region to urge for peace and healing.