Muslim scholars and leaders vows to support Uhuru re-election.

By NepJournal May 24, 2017 11:44

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President Uhuru shaking hands with Muslim scholars and leaders while handing over 36 tonnes of dates he donated to support needy Muslims during Ramadhan at state House meeting on Tuesday.Photo/PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta re-election bid has received a new boost when Muslim scholars and leaders of Islamic institutions unanimously endorsed his bid to run office for the second term.

He honoured Muslim scholars and leaders of Islamic institutions at State House on Tuesday.

The leaders hailed the President for appointing the highest number of Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries, heads of parastatals from the Muslim community.

The president met two groups, the first group was composed of representatives of major Muslim organizations while the second one included more than 100 of the country’s leading Islamic scholars.

They also thanked him for implementing infrastructure projects in Muslim dominated regions especially northern Kenya and the coast, which is closing the regional disparities that existed before President Kenyatta came into office.

In the first meeting, representative from Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (Supkem), National Muslim Leaders Forum (Namlef) and Jamia Mosque among others led by National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala met the president.

In the meeting President Kenyatta handed over a donation of 36 tonnes of dates which is his personal donation to support the needy Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan expected to start on 27th of this month.

The leaders lauded President Kenyatta for his commitment towards improve the welfare of all Kenyans as opposed to other leaders who have applied their policies selectively.

National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale said the people of northern Kenya appreciate the good work President Kenyatta’s administration has done in the region including the construction of the Isiolo Moyale road and the ongoing tarmacking of the trunk road linking Mandera, Wajir and Garissa counties.

“Muslims hold visible and prominent positions in Government unlike previous governments. There is no time Muslims have held so many senior positions in Government unlike this administration of Uhuru,” said Duale while applauding President Uhuru.

Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Najib Balala, who has served various positions in three governments in the Country, said Muslims have been honoured more under President Kenyatta’s leadership than at any other time in the history of the country.

Balala pointed out that it is only under President Kenyatta’s leadership that Muslims were granted a public holiday to celebrate Idd ul Fitr in Kenyan history.

He added that it’s under Uhuru’s leadership for the first time Muslims were invited for Iftar at State House in history.

Balala hailed the President for honouring the Muslim community by giving them support during the Month of Ramadan by waiving duty to import dates.

President Uhuru, however, Earlier, this year assured his administration will waive duty from import of dates for the Months of Ramadhan to support Muslim community.

Speaking at State House while addressing the Muslim leaders, President Kenyatta said his government is fully committed to ensuring the rights of all Kenyans are respected without considering their religion or colour.

“I want to encourage and assure you as a government we believe that we must be a nation which respects the rights of every citizen and have a government which will ensure the rule of law for all,” said the President.

At this juncture, the second group who are composed of more than 100 of leading Muslim scholars from across the country and the first held a second meeting with the president.

In this second meeting it was a political endorsement, where Muslim leaders were assuring the president for his reelection bid.

Sheikh Ahmed Musallam who was talking on behalf of those scholars and Muslims at large said the scholars who included Imams of mosques from across the country have decided to rally the community behind the President.

Musallam said the decision follows careful considerations by the majority of Muslim scholars.

“Our decision follows consultations and research. We know who is good for the country as well as the Muslim community. Every intelligent person and all those who love peace can see the truth,” added Sheikh Musallam.

Conversely, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims Secretary General Sheikh Adan Wachu said Muslim scholars and leaders have a duty to guide the community to make the right decisions.

President Kenyatta said when the truth is told, no Government in Kenya has ever accommodated Muslims more than his Administration.

“I have 20 Cabinet Secretaries and four are Muslims. Ask this man who chants Takbir every time how many Muslims he appointed as ministers when he controlled 20 ministries during the days of the coalition government which had 40 ministers,” said President Kenyatta.

He said Muslim dominated areas have benefited from the massive infrastructure and electricity projects his administration has implemented across the Country.

Uhuru pointed that he can do nothing about wrongs that were committed by successive government but said he is determined to ensure a better future for all Kenyans as he called on Kenyans to reject propaganda by people who do not care about them.

“That was why I took the unprecedented decision of apologizing on behalf of all previous governments for the wrongs committed against some Kenyans,” said the President.

President Kenyatta also told the Muslim leaders that the accreditation of two Islamic universities – Umma University and RAF International University – will be considered urgently.

The universities were among the many Islamic organizations represented at the meeting.

Additional reporting by (PSCU)

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