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Muslim clerics urge Kenyans to maintain peace

The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM), has urged Kenyans to maintain calm and unity as the Government continues to implement key projects and policies that will bring down the cost of living and uplift the lives of Kenyans.

Addressing the press in Mombasa, SUPKEM Chairperson, Muhdhar Hitamy, said the country is facing a myriad of challenges that have been occasioned by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, fluctuating global economic dynamics that have stifled growth the world over and the unpredictable weather patterns prompted by Climate Change.

Hitamy noted that the situation in the country is a cross-sectional problem that cannot be blamed on institutional failure but rather on factors that have affected the globe in general from prolonged drought to war in the key and strategic partner states.

The clerics also called on Kenyans to demonstrate restraint as the Holy month of Ramadhan approaches.

They called on Kenyans from all walks of life to unite and pray for the country reeling from the prolonged drought.

“As the Holy Month of Ramadhan is about to begin, we urge all Kenyans to observe patience and strive to be helpful to each other in moments of difficulty. Extend olive branches to each other and be your brother’s keeper,” said Hitamy.

He added that leaders should tone down on utterances that spur controversy and instigate retrogressive agenda that might be destructive and pull the gains made by the Government back instead of propelling development forward.

“We urge leaders regardless of the political divide to form the building block that will promote national unity and rally Kenyans in Nation building,” added Hitamy.

SUPKEM Secretary General, Khalfan Ali, echoed Hitamy’s sentiments, calling on all Kenyans to join hands and support the endeavors the government is making, to ensure their lives are better.

Ali further urged the government to step up efforts of bringing the cost of basic commodities relatively down especially with the Holy Month of Ramadhan fast approaching.

He added that this will help millions of Kenyans, especially the Muslim community observing fast, afford basic needs that will go a long way to feed their families and sustain their livelihood.

“We call on the government to keep on with the trajectory it has taken in trying to ease the lives of Kenyans and it is our hope during the Holy Month things will shape up for the better,” said Ali.

By Shamim Musa and Asia Salat

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