Chief Kadhi issues warning to
Story by GITONGA MARETE
10. March 2008
Muslims have been warned against using Mosques to make
inflammatory announcements based on rumours.
Chief Kadhi Sheikh Hamad Kassim at the weekend told clerics to be
responsible concerning information passed to the public because,
if inaccurate, it could cause unnecessary panic and lead to
“Before making any announcements, religious leaders must first
establish the truth,” he said.
Sheikh Kassim was referring to reports that some Imams had used
loudspeakers mounted on mosques in parts of Mombasa during the
recent political violence to urge area residents to arm themselves
to fight members of the proscribed Mungiki sect who were allegedly
planning an attack.
The information, which turned out to be untrue, caused unnecessary
panic among residents.
He was addressing participants at a Council of Imams and Preachers
of Kenya workshop at the Reef Hotel.
The workshop was aimed at finding ways to build peace and address
conflict resolution and gender-based violence.
Sheikh Kassim observed that religious leaders had a role to play
to ensure that peace is maintained in the country.
Nominated ODM MP and council secretary-general Sheikh Mohamed Dor
said the organisation would visit various parts of the country
affected by post-election violence.