Muslim Leader Accuses Colleagues of Inciting Violence Against Christians

Preacher Accuses Colleagues of Spreading Hate

ICC Note

A Kenyan Muslim leader accuses other Muslim preachers of inciting violence in which several churches were attacked and people killed. We urge more Muslim leaders to speak against violence by Muslim radicals.

By Linah Benyawa

08/31/2012 Kenya (Standard Media)-Sheikh Juma Ngao, a Muslim cleric, has accused his colleagues of fanning violence that rocked Mombasa since Monday.

Ngao said some clerics were preaching hate against Christians.

“Using the killing of the preachers to burn churches, destroy property and kill innocent people is criminal. Why cause destruction in the name of Islam, which is against the teachings?” said Ngao, chairman of Kenya National Muslim Advisory Council.

Ngao noted some priests have brainwashed youths making them attack churches and disregard Christians. Some of the alleged hate promoters, according to Ngao, are street preachers.

Meanwhile, a group of Muslim and Christians leaders appealed to parents to restrain their sons from violence.

The group known as Mombasa Peacekeeping Committee called for religious tolerance and urged preachers to refrain from incitement.

They called for deployment of more security personnel in the town and resettlement of all people displaced by violence in Mombasa and Tana River counties.

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