Muslims Ask President Uhuru to Help Stop Disappearances by Security Actors
At an iftar dinner attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Jamia Mosque, Muslims asked the president to help stop security agencies disappearing Muslims among other rafts of requests. A powerful speech read by Prof Essaji of Jamia Masjid, the worshipers asked the president to order the agencies to cease illegal disappearances that impacts on the community particularly the youth and their relationship with the security actors and the society. ” while we unreservedly continue to fight against violent extremism, we are concerned about the human rights violations especially with regards to extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances by Security Actors”. Scores have disappeared without trace and many have lost their lives by the actions of security agencies through these illegal actions said the Professor in part of his speech.
The Prof asked the president to address the challenges faced by Muslims acquiring ID cards and passports. While thanking the government for setting up a special desk at the immigration department for those applying for passports to go to Hajj, the Professor raised concerns on the ” selective treatment” such as extra vetting Muslims undergo when acquiring national identification documents that often leads them not obtaining these vital documents.
The professor who called on the president to embrace Islam said that KRA has not honoured the tax waiver on dates the president has ordered and asked him to act on the KRA officers who declined to release the dates to the muslim faithfuls. The date is said to be at the port as Ramadan comes to an end.
Prof Essaji said the Muslim community supports the fight against corruption and asked the president to be steadfast against the fight. The Prof quoted Prophet Mohamed who said even if his own beloved daughter was involved in corruption he will not hesitate to punish her for it urging the president to act against the corrupt even if they are his close relatives or of high status.