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Clergies vow to save youth from radicalisation

31 March 2014, 09:12 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Muslim and Christian leaders in Mombasa County have vowed to form an inter-religious peace committee in every constituency to spearhead peace talks amongst the youth to save them from radicalisation.

Speaking in an inter - religious consultative dialogue and which was convened by the Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance, the leaders have said proper measures should be enhanced to save youth from being radicalised.

They agreed that churches and mosques should help carry out sensitization programs in all parts of Mombasa county and the entire coastal region.

In the meeting, which brought together peace stakeholders in the six constituencies in Mombasa County, Muslim Youth Alliance chairman, Sheikh Said Ali said the gap between the youth and religious leaders should be filled to ensure they receive proper counseling.

"It’s our role as religious leaders to preach peace. We must commit ourselves to our roles," said Shaikh Ali.

In the forum which was held in the Majengo chief's hall, the leaders urged the government to carry out a vetting exercise to some Muslim sheikhs and church pastors before allowing them to carry out any religious teachings to prevent radical teachings.

They said some leaders have their own personal interests and not preaching the Word of God.

Priest David Lurambi, a Christian representative, said that youth should grow in a good religious environment to ensure a peaceful society.

“Youth have no proper religious teachings. Some religious leaders should be vetted before taking any religious leadership roles in the mosques or churches," said Lurambi.

The move comes a few months after police stormed Musjid Shuhadaa, formerly known as Musjid Musa in Majengo area and arrested several youths who were receiving radical teachings in the Mosque.

This, according to the leaders, indicates that religious leaders have the potential to change the society to a better one by giving the proper teachings.

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