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Govt reopens closed mosques, cautions leaders against incitement

28 November 2014, 12:30 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Four Mosques closed by government last week following police raids have been reopened.

Confirming their re-opening, Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said the government has no intention of taking over Mosques but will instead provide protection to all Kenyans despite their religious backgrounds.

Marwa accompanied by MPs and Governor Joho and other leaders insisted that the government would not loosen its nuts in the war against terror activities in the entire coastal region.

"We have agreed that peace must prevail in this mosque. There are elder men who have been allowed to carry on with preaching and as a government, we are going to provide full security,” said Marwa.

He said an agreement was reached after indoor consultations with different stakeholders in the Mombasa County and Sheikhs appointed to spearhead preachings in the four Mosques.

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Muslim scholars and NGOs campaigning for human rights were urged to work with the government in preaching peace amongst communities.

“Government has no intention of taking over the mosques, but ensuring that there is peace inside the mosques. Let worshiping areas be used well not for breeding criminals,” Marwa warned.

Addressing the press at Masjid Musa immediately after its reopening, Mombasa leaders called for peaceful coexistence amongst Mombasa communities.

Police had closed down Masjid Musa in Majengo, Masjid Sakina, Swafaa and Minaa in Kisauni following a police raid aimed at flushing out radical youth.

Kisauni district is the leading with 86 Mosques, Likoni with 73, Mombasa 66 and Changamwe 48.

Mombasa leaders have been pushing for the reopening of the four Mosques two weeks after their closure.

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