, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17 – Muslim leaders are urging political leaders in both Jubilee and CORD coalitions to shun tribal politics and instead forge unity across the country.
The National Muslim Leaders’ Forum Chairman Abdullahi Abdi says the leaders should stop shifting blame at each other because it is fuelling tension amongst communities, and instead form peaceful dialogues among themselves.
“We have to move away from the blame game; the mandate that the Kenyan people gave is to the government of Jubilee. We fully support dialogue to seek ways to address the challenges facing the country but calls for mass action from the leaders is a recipe for sectarian and ethnic violence which might be a repeat to the tragic events of 2007,” he said.
The Muslim leaders have also accused the government of abdicating its responsibility of protecting Kenyans after more than 60 people were killed in Lamu since Sunday.
“We call on the government to give its utmost priority to security matters and must take appropriate measures to protect the lives and property of Kenyans. It is rather strange that the attack on Mpeketoni which appeared to have been well planed could have happened without the knowledge of security and intelligence officers. They should polish up the security machinery of the land, we should not only be told but we have to see in action and the security which was promised is seen so that we can live in peace.” he added.
Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya official Sheikh Muhammad Khalifa says it is time the government took the country’s security seriously, by employing strategies that can restore peace.
Khalifa has urged Kenyans to be patient enough until the matter is resolved and not to resort to actions of mass destruction as a result of ethnic discord.
“We should not accept the intentions of those who want to divide the country both religiously and ethnic. We should all be in harmony and not be quick to vengeance so that we can live peacefully as Kenyans. In these trying times, the country needs to be united and at the same time, we need to be mindful of the fact that some of these attacks are aimed at planting seeds of conflict and animosity among Kenyans.”
“We must stand firm and refuse to fall in to these dangerous traps of ethnic and rigid divide. For decades, Kenyans have lived in harmonious existence and appreciated the diverse ethnic and religious diversity and we should not allow enemies to tear us apart.”