The Muslim community in Murang’a has appealed to political leaders to carry out peaceful campaigns as the county gears for the 2022 general elections.
During celebrations to mark Eid Al Adha in a Murang’a mosque, leaders of the community expressed concerns over politicians who are dividing Kenyans on tribal lines.
They said the country needs peace to provide a better platform for recovery of the economy, which was greatly affected by Covid-19.
Led by Imam Mohammed Abdi Karim Nano, the Muslim community want every leader to be given a chance to do his or her campaigns without confrontation.
The country, Nano said, needs peace and unity as there is great need to revive the ailing economy.
Another Imam Abdulaih Ali said the Muslim community in the country does not have preferred candidates noting that as faithful leaders they usually influence their congregation to support political aspirants who have vision and advocates peace.
“Locally we encourage our people to elect leaders who have development prospects and who will ensure there is peace and unity among all people,” said Ali.
The Muslim leaders spoke after they received food donations from Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria at Mukuyu Mosque.
The donated food, the Imams said, will be distributed to the poor, inmates, students and some members of the public.
They divulged that the essence of the holiday is to sacrifice calling those blessed with more resources to share with those who are less privileged.
The community lauded the government for considering making the celebrations a public holiday saying the opportunity has provided a chance to interact and share with many people.
Few years back, the only Muslim celebration day which was declared a public holiday was to mark end of holy month of fasting, Eid Ul Fitr.
Nominated MCA Stephen Chege said the county government will continue to support the local Muslim community especially during their celebrations.
Chege who represents youth in the county assembly added that as the country awaits to enter electioneering period, young people should not allow themselves to be used to cause chaos and fracas during campaigns.
“The youth need to be provided with employment but not to misuse them to cause chaos or disrupt meetings of your opponents. This time I urge our young people to be alert and avoid being misused by politicians,” he added.
By Bernard Munyao