Muslim clerics in Mombasa will on Friday hold prayers for peaceful resolutions to the problems that have affected Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho.
The prayers to be conducted by Sheikhs in all mosques in the county, will also take place at the same time at Caltex grounds in Likoni.
Speaking during a meeting with Sheikhs in Mombasa on Thursday, Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) Mombasa Chairman Abdallah Mohamed said they have seen it prudent to hold the prayers to seek the guidance and intervention of God in the way the issues surrounding the Governor are being handled by the Government.
“We have met here today in order to plan for prayers to seek Allah’s intervention in the problems that have affected Governor Joho of late.
We saw the issues that surrounded Governor Joho at first as political but they seem to be ‘personal’ by leaning on one person which to us is not fair at all (Madhumuni ya maombi haya ni kuondosha dhulma ambayo mara ya kwanza yalikuwa ya kisiasa na sasa yameingia mabo ya kibinafsi,” said Sheikh Mohamed.
He added that they do not see the need why the Governor’s account were frozen even if he is being suspected of doing any wrong.
He noted that if the matters surrounding him are not handled amicably, they are likely to cause unnecessary violence and animosity among supporters of the Governor and those who are not.
The Sheikh said that after the prayers, they are hopeful that the issues that have surrounded him will end.
The CIPK Chair said that besides the County, they will also pray for peaceful elections and responsible leaders who will not perpetrate hate speech during their campaigns or direct people to engage in violence.
He added that they are also planning to conduct major prayers for elections and leadership at the center of the town in April.
He also urged Kenyans to maintain peace and not engage in any form of violence.