Imam MP to back Muslims
March 5, 2008
By Jibril Adan
ODM nominated MP and Muslim preacher, Sheikh Mohamed Dor, will
become the first Imam in Kenya’s Parliament.
Dor and Ms Safia Abdi were selected by the National Muslim Leaders
Forum (Namlef) for the ODM nominations and would be sworn-in on
Dor told The Standard yesterday in Mombasa that he would continue
his work as an Imam at Mombasa’s Mbaruk Mosque. "Every Friday I
will be in Mombasa to give my sermon," he said.
Dor, also the chairman of Council of Imams and Preachers in Kenya,
said he would use his position to help bridge the gap between
Muslims and Christians.
He said the land question was among issues that should be tackled
"There is land enough for every Kenyan, but the problem is corrupt
leadership," he said.
Dor said in Parliament, he would focus on issues that affect
"If Muslims in Kisumu have a problem that affects them because of
their faith, it will be my problem," he said.
Meanwhile, Ms Shakila Abdalla, nominated by ODM-Kenya, said her
priority would be to champion the role of women in national
She said her party had followed its manifesto, which considers the
"My first priority will be to fight for women to be in the first
line of decision making at the national level," she said yesterday.
Abdalla said she would work with other Coast MPs to tackle
problems in the region.
She also promised to fight drug abuse among the youth.