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Religious leaders vow to join government in fighting terrorism

08 April 2014, 08:12 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Religious leaders in Mombasa County have differed with the call for arrest of the County's Commissioner Nelson Marwa by two civil society group over claims of supporting police to use excessive force to terror suspects.

The leaders challenged the civil society groups to join the government and offer the necessary support in its efforts to fight terror in the country instead of filling blames.

The two civil society groups Haki Africa and Muslim for Human Rights (MUHURI) had last week recorded a statement at the Mombasa central police station that sought to the arrest of Marwa.

The leaders led by the Kenya Muslims National Advisory Council (KEMNAC) chairman sheikh Juma Ngao and International Fellowship for Christ Bishop Emmanuel Karisa said, the move to prosecute Marwa is untimely and unacceptable calling on the groups to merge and unite Kenyans instead of fighting the government.

Speaking at an inter religious press briefing on state of security in Mombasa, Ngao said the human rights groups should not focus on what Marwa said instead they should sensitize the coastal community and preach peace.
Last week Marwa warned the civil society groups against funding the youth to join terror groups.

Marwa told them to focus on fighting for human rights real issues facing the society instead of always hitting back at the government’s effort to curb insecurity.

The International Fellowship for Christ Bishop Emmanuel Karisa appealed to the government to carry out intensive investigations to avoid blame games and prosecution of entire religion or community and facilitate security agents including NSIS with modern equipment and facilities for them to effectively fight crime.

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