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Monday, 10 Jul 2017 14:58 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) Wajir Branch has called for an interdenominational dialogue to resolve the growing tension between President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party and Opposition NASA for a peaceful election.
Addressing a Press conference today at Wajir town, SUPKEM chairperson Dr Adan Y. Sheikh urged politicians engaged in campaigns from MCA to the Presidential candidates to respect religious leaders in their agenda of pushing for peace in the country during and after the elections.
"Religious leaders should be allowed and always respected as they play their divine role of propagating for peace in the country. When election is nearer the religious leaders are hot cake but once the election ends and leaders are elected peacefully they are ignored” said Dr Adan
Dr Adan emphasized the role religious leaders’ play not only at the National, but at the county level by preaching peace, bringing people together, leading people in prayers and creating harmony among them.
He urged politicians to value religious leaders and consult them to ensure a peaceful con-existence in the country. He encouraged politicians to promote religious institutions and cited the support for Madarasa and helping them when there is need.
He said during this electioneering period all leaders who are seeking different political office should avoid releaseing hate speeches especially in Wajir County to avoid creating animosity between sub clans. He clarified that Supkem is not allied to any politician party and said its role of creating peace and harmony should be respected.
On matters of security he said it is paramount during this electioneering period and urged politicians to support and work with security apparatus led by the county commissioner. Dr Adan urged all leaders to preach peace and unity. “We Will not watch out any leader who is out to bring conflict or hate speech and cause death of destruction of property”, he stressed. .
Dr Adan expressed bitterness with politicians who are using Music with loud voice disrupting the environment of peace adding that people who are in hospital and are allergic to loud noise.
He warned female sisters in Wajir for engaging in singing in political campaign rallies which he said is totally Haram in Islam urging them to avoid such babaric act. “In Islam it is not allowed for women to sing in a loud sound at public events”, he added.
The Wajir SUPKEM chairperson said as much as the residents are participating in electioneering time it is important to respect the religious doctrines like praying the five daily prayers.
He urged the people of Wajir County to elect leaders with religious background campaigning for any position and warned against supporting candidates just because they come from their tribe.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County