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Muslim leaders condemn killings and subsequent chaos

Muslim leaders led by the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims Secretary-General Adan Wachu, (centre) addressing the press at the Jamia Mosque on Septmeber 22, 2013 after the Westgate mall attacks. The leaders have condemned the killing in Mombasa of Sheikh Ibrahim Umar alias Rogo together with three others on Thusrday October 3, 2013 and the subsequent chaos that led to the death of four more people and destruction of property. PHOTO|JENNIFER MUIRURI|FILE.
Muslim leaders led by the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims Secretary-General Adan Wachu, (centre) addressing the press at the Jamia Mosque on Septmeber 22, 2013 after the Westgate mall attacks. The leaders have condemned the killing in Mombasa of Sheikh Ibrahim Umar alias Rogo together with three others on Thusrday October 3, 2013 and the subsequent chaos that led to the death of four more people and destruction of property. PHOTO|JENNIFER MUIRURI|FILE.  NATION



Saturday, October 05, 2013

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Muslim leaders have strongly condemned the killing in Mombasa of a Sheikh plus three others and the subsequent chaos that led to the death of four more people.

The clerics also distanced themselves from the burning of a church by protesting youths saying those who did so were criminals who did not subscribe to any religion.

“Whilst we reiterate our condemnation of the Westgate massacre, we are also appalled by the violence which broke out in the aftermath of the extrajudicial killings of four Muslim preachers on Thursday and the uncalled for attacks on a church and private property,” the leaders said.

In a statement read by Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims Secretary-General Adan Wachu, they also asked the government to launch credible investigations on both incidences.

“Those behind the burning of the Salvation Army Church are criminals who have no respect for religion.

Islam does not approve of such heinous behaviour,” said Sheikh Wachu during the press briefing at Jamia Mosque, Nairobi.

HAIL OF BULLETS

Sheikh Ibrahim Umar alias Rogo together with three others died in a hail of bullets from unknown gunmen shortly after leaving the Masjid Musa Mosque on Thursday night.

Youths protesting his killing engaged police in running battles for the better part of Friday leading to the four deaths and destruction of property.

Muslim human rights defender Al-Amin Kimathi said the killing of the Sheikh pointed to a past pattern of eliminating Muslim teachers.

“There is no conclusion in the inquiry to the killing of Sheikh Aboud Rogo.

We would like a conclusion to it so we can know the real truth of those behind these extra-judicial killings,” said Mr Kimathi.

PROTECT KENYANS

Nominated Senator Emma Mbura said security organs should pull up their socks to protect Kenyans from such killings.

“Whatever their sins, the four victims were citizens of the Republic of Kenya.

The State had the duty and the means to protect their lives and their right to a due legal process, but it did not.

If the four had violated any local or international laws, they ought to have been arrested and accorded a fair trial.

I demand that the relevant State authorities must demonstrate in no uncertain terms that they are already on top of this case” said Senator Mbura Saturday.



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