CIPK to dialogue with the radical youths
14 November 2014, 10:38
Mombasa - The Council of Imams and Preachers in Kenya (CIPK) have said they are ready to negotiate with radical youth at the coastal town of Mombasa to end the killings of Muslim clerics.
Addressing the press in Mombasa, CIPK treasurer Sheikh Hassan Omar said they are living in fear following the rampant killings of clerics in the area, and called on the government to help them bury the hatchet.
CIPK condemned the killings saying dialogue will help end the problem as the situation is getting out of control.
Omar also said they wanted to know who are behind the killings and why they are doing it.
“The differences have been there and are expected to continue but the situation at the moment is extremely bad. Clerics and youths are being killed and even passersby are being targeted. We urge the youth to come out and help us resolve the problem,” said Omar.
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Omar said they will provide a platform for the youth to present their grievances and help find a solution that will bring an end to the killings.
“We will allow them to even choose the imams they want to lead the dialogue and the venue for the talks as long as we will be able to bring peaceful co-existence in Mombasa,” said Omar.
CIPK has also requested the government to give a two-month pardon for those holding illegal weapons as they intend to embark on an exercise of disarming the youth.
Cipk has also urged all the sheikhs and imams to unite and come out strongly to resolve the issue.
Pro-government clerics whose opinion differed with teachings of radical preachers automatically became targets for murder, with the recent case being the killing of Sheikh Salim Bakari Mwarangi who was killed last week by unknown gunmen shortly after he had left Masjid Bilal in Likoni where he had gone for his evening prayers.
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