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Senator opposes Govt’s plan to regulate places of worship

11 November 2014, 16:08 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Wajir Senator, Abdirahman Ali has opposed the government’s plan to regulate churches and mosques following the recent media expose on Victor Kanyari who has been using tricks to con the congregation.

Ali has appealed to the government to shelve the idea warning this might limit the constitutional freedom of worship.

“The government is not making a clear distinction between religious organisations and places of worship. You cannot regulate places of worship,” said Ali.

Ali was reacting to the Sunday announcement by the Attorney General, Githu Muigai, who said the government plans to start registering churches and mosques as a way of stopping them from being avenues for either personal gain or insecurity.

He added that if the plan is not stopped, it might create religious dissent.

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He further accused the state of targeting churches and mosques to cover for their failure in security management.

“These regulations are meant to limit the freedom of worship. Places of worship should not be made to suffer because of ineptitude of security organs,” said Ali.

He held that insecurity in the country can be fought with the help of religious leaders.

“You cannot fight radicalisation through registration of churches and mosques. This process will create dissent if there are no wide consultations. Security agencies are supposed to know what is happening everywhere; that is their responsibility,” said Ali.

Reports from State House reveal that Muigai had already drafted regulations on registration and management of churches, mosques and temples.

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