Land And Inequalities Cause of
Unrest, Say Imams
The East African Standard (Nairobi)
3 February 2008
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
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