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CIPK announces the late Idriss' replacement

15 September 2014, 08:25 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) national committee has announced the replacement of the late Sheikh Mohammed Idriss.

Idriss, who was the chairman of the Council was shot dead by unknown gunmen on his way to a mosque on June 10, 2014 in Likoni, Mombasa County.

The CIPK national executive committee on Sunday announced Abdalla Ateka who comes from Kakamega County to take over as the national chairman.

Addressing the press in their offices, the clerics led by the organizing Secretary Ambassador Mohammed Dhor, expressed hopes with the new appointment adding that the preacher will represent the Muslim community without favors or discrimination.

"We saw it was a must to honor our constitution that says when one of the member dies or resigns should be replaced," Dhor in Mombasa.

Also read: Police take the blame for deaths of Muslim clerics

The Imams also appointed Yusuf Hassan Ochina, who hails from Nyanza, to act as the assistant organizing secretary, a position which is currently held by Mohammed Dhor, who was recently appointed as Muscat Ambassador by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Ateka on his part vowed to honor the respect of the late Idriss to ensure Muslim community is protected.

"I will make sure that we work together will all leaders in the council and I hope with Gods plans we will execute my ambitions and of the council of Imams," he said.

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