Clerics resolve to work closely in the fight against radicalization

Garissa County Commissioner (CC), Mr. James Kianda has said that the main agenda of the terrorists was to divide the Muslim and Christian faithful along religious lines.

The CC was speaking at the Government Guest House on Wednesday during a meeting between the County Security Committee and Muslim and Christian Clerics.

He said his office will not overlook the radicalization of the youth, adding that he will support the clerics as they cascade the campaign to the sub-county level, and asked them to candidly educate their faithful on the adverse effects of terrorism.

Kianda said unless the anti-radicalization campaign is sustained, resources in the country will significantly reduce since investors will continue shying away from the area.

“Terrorism has affected our education, health and other key sectors. Exploitation of resources has gone down because investors have shied away from this area,” he said,

Kianda noted that Kenyans of goodwill should resist the terrorists by all means, urging the clerics to work together closely in the fight against radicalization of the youth by terror cells in the area.

The CC also asked chiefs to coordinate the Imams and pastors to ensure that the campaign against radicalization is successful. “Use the social media platforms and the local vernacular FM stations to pass your message to the public,” he added.

Speaking at the same meeting, the chairman of Garissa Pastor’s Fellowship, Rev. Joseph Muasya condemned the attack on a Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) camp in Somalia and urged Kenyans ‘to rally behind our troops during this difficult time’.

Muasya said members of his fellowship and their Muslim counterparts will share ideas on radicalization, noting that they have all agreed to speak with one voice in the fight against terrorism.

SUPKEM Chairman, Mr. Abdullahi Salat said Muslim clerics will fight those radicalizing the youth, adding that “we will not give them space.” Abdullahi asked the KDF troops to hold their heads up, noting that God will punish those who killed their colleagues in Somalia.

He urged fellow Muslims to remain united and work towards ensuring that Garissa town was restored to its past glory when it was voted the most peaceful town in East and Central Africa.

The chairman said Muslims and Christians have lived together peacefully for decades and they will not allow a few individuals to divide the faithful.

By Jacob Songok

Source: Kenya News Agency