Recently, the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims national executive committee met and ousted the national chairman Yusuf Nzibo, on what they termed incompetence and ethical grounds, citing massive corruption and ignorance of Islamic teachings as some of the other factors which they promise to reveal to members in the special annual general meeting scheduled for January 2020.
Weekly Citizen has information that the planned early next year AGM is generating a lot of heat and is likely to turn chaotic with three factions out to control Supkem activities out to undo each other.
Surprisingly, Uhuru succession battles have also reared their ugly head in the wrangles.
It is imperative to note, since Supkem elections in August 2017, Muslims have endured and suffered a lot under the current Supkem leadership. The leadership has failed to live Supkem philosophy of unifying Muslims of all races, gender and tribes. Instead Muslims are divided more than ever before across the country.
Supkem cannot report to its members any meaningful national level representation they have done. Instead the ousted chairman and his team were accused of touring the world as tourists amassing wealth for themselves. Supkem has also failed to coordinate Muslims in the country’s leading Jamia Mosque committee.
Jamia committee is accused of amassing millions of shillings due to monopoly in controlling waqf to take over islamic leadership. This is the reason why this year it was Jamia mosque committee that invited the head of state and his team for annual grand iftar during the holy month of ramadhan.
Uhuru Kenyatta instead of attending the occasion dispatched Internal Security cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i to represent him. It has emerged that a section at Jamia community expected Uhuru to have sent his deputy president William Ruto to represent him.
But State House barons controlling Uhuru diary were opposed to the Ruto on grounds that it could have made his deputy make more inroads among the muslim community. It is worth noting that the embattled Nzibo is seen to be leaning towards Senator Gideon Moi side in Uhuru succession gameplan.
Nzibo was at one time married to once powerful head of civil service and secretary to the cabinet, Sally Kosgei. During the Moi era, Nzibo’s star was on the rise due to his links to then to the powerful family. He landed powerful ambassadorial portfolio in strategic capitals.
The Jamia powerbrokers have always taken control of Supkem activities for many years, including when Abdulghafur Elbusaidy was the national chairman, and Hassan Kinyua, the director, religious affairs who coordinated the event with other leaders.
In this year’s event, Supkem members were invited just like other participants. They were not slotted in the programme to address the congregants. This was a clear indication that Supkem has failed on its core mandate of correlating programmes and assisting in the activities and aspirations of the Muslim community in Kenya.
Weekly Citizen has been informed that another challenge is that the national secretary general is a government of the Republic of Kenya official. He cannot hold his employer accountable for any mistake for fear of being sacked.
During the time of hajj, Adan Wachu, Muslims would report to Supkem on marginalisation, discrimination and oppression by any institution. Supkem would engage the relevant institutions to address the matter.
Currently, Supkem is busy having internal wrangles. This has seen Muslims suffer a lot for they do not have any one to fight for their rights as it used to happen before.
A good indication of this is Muhuri now Haki Africa rising in Mombasa to speak against the SGR project for ‘killing’ coast economy. Haki is emerging as an alternative in fighting for muslims rights. Hussein Khalid is the executive director of Haki. It changed from Muhuri to Haki Africa after it was linked to terrorist activities and having its bank accounts frozen. Haki is now shifting its operations to national front so as not to be seen as Mombasa based. The NGO’s activities are now being felt in Nairobi.
When conflicts arise in many parts of this country within the muslim majority, Supkem is mum. This might pose a challenge of some uprisings like what happened when Supkem became silent and Mombasa Republican Council emerged.
During El-Busaidy’s tenure, staff never failed to get their salary on time, for the leadership would always pay from their pocket in case of income shortage. Currently, the leadership pay themselves allowance at expense of the staff.
It was during El-Busaidy’s leadership where Supkem built institutions like Maragwa Muslim College, Muslim Academy Huruma among others. Another aim was to assist in and make possible the performance of such obligations, duties and responsibilities muslims owe as individuals to islam, to work for the benefit of muslims. Many are pushing that leaders must have at least a diploma in islamic sciences as well as secular education. As the situation stand currently, very few Supkem leaders meet this criteria.
Another aim of Supkem formation was to bring about the spirit of brotherhood and unity among muslims and cooperation and unity among muslim organisations. In this, Supkem failed.
Supkem constitution also aims to work for and bring about the true knowledge and understanding of islam. How can this happen when majority of Supkem leaders fail to have basic islamic knowledge and doctrines?
Many of members agree the constitution was aimed at enhancing islamic values, islamic culture, civilisation and heritage. All this is absent. This was clear during the just concluded ICPD 25th Summit.
When Supkem was invited to go gather with other muslim leaders from around the world and present islamic values, islamic culture, civilisation and heritage, no one among them attended.
After Supkem failed to attend, Alwahda Muslim Teachers Association represented Kenya in the international arena. Sheikh Hassan Kinyua Omari is the chairman Alwahda.
Currently, BBI is the discussion of all communities, churches and institutions yet the islamic leadership is not guiding its members.
Many say it is a high time Supkem leadership adopted the Supkem constitution in their daily lives. Otherwise, soon or later, islam in Kenya will be the worst represented religion and muslims will be the least represented community.
As they plan to elect another chairman, prayers from members are that he will be a man of integrity, learned person, who should not have conflicting interests and they should do so within the realm of the Kenyan as well as Supkem constitution guidelines.
But even as the muslim leaders of organisations that purport to mind the affairs of Kenyan muslims fight, there is a new crop of muslims in Kenya that does not subscribe to the old ways of doing things borrowed from what they see as mere customs of primitive Arab tribes and not islamic faith.
This new crop of muslims also has reservations on the so-called religious education imparted by teachers most who are semi-literate but are revered by muslims merely because they have basic grasp of islamic language that many muslims still blindly seem to think is the only lingua franca God understands.
Because of holding firmly to this Arabian tribal language for preaching, this has left many muslims misled by those who try to translate the message who are themselves brainwashed by Arabians to believe that the koran can only be understood fully when read in Arabic language. It is the ages-old mistake that catholics for over a millennia committed carrying out teachings in Latin language until the Vatican II conference in mid 1960s that decreed that church be carrying out preaching in the language of the locals. Until islam is taught and preached in the language of the locals, it has been universally agreed, it will take it many more centuries before every one in the world becomes a muslim yet every christian would by now be a muslim because they would have known that what Muhammed did was to simply affirm the message of earlier prophets.
This has however not been realised because it is mainly Saudi Arabia that funds selected muslim activities around the world and so it fears that it would lose its influence over muslims round the world whom it holds in open contempt. It is against this background that Supkem and other islamic leaders have never raised a voice as Saudis enslave Kenyans many who are killed like rats by oppressive employers in Saudi Arabia.
But then, it is said, only a fool would count on an Arab to treat another human being with kindness. To this, they cite the millions of muslim migrants and refugees from Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan in camps in Africa, Middle East and Europe who rely on help from christians from the West yet Saudis swim in petrol dollars they have not worked for but can not part with a dime to a fellow muslim in need. It is this hypocrisy that has come to define islam
Joho works on Coast 2022 lineup – Weekly Citizen
Mombasa governor Hassan Joho has renewed his war against Coast elected leaders who are perceived to be supportive of William Ruto’s 2022 Presidential bid. Currently, Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya is under siege from hostile MCAs suspected to be under instructions of Joho through county speaker Sammy Ruwa.
Ruwa has been a longtime Joho sidekick and has also acted as his legal adviser in the past. He has been fronted for governor seat twice but rejected. He is speaker for a second term. Towards the end of Mvurya’s first term, he has been a Ruto man. He has no time for Joho, insisting Kwale is not an extension of Mombasa county. In the last general elections, Joho had vowed to ensure Mvurya was defeated at the ballot. But this was never to be after the Mombasa governor fell out with Chirau Mwakwere who was a sure bet against Mvurya on the then popular ODM ticket.
After Mwakwere bolted out of ODM to Wiper, Joho turned to little known Issa Chipera as party candidate. Chipera literally became minced meat for Mvurya who easily beat him and made a comeback on a Jubilee ticket. Mvurya is grooming his deputy Fatuma Achani to succeed him in the next general election but observers say this is a tall order. Joho on the other hand is reportedly pushing Crop Development PS Hamad Boga for the Kwale seat against Mvurya’s candidate and Mwakwere. Another Ruto man on Joho’s radar is Kaloleni MP Paul Katana. Recently, the legislator was discharged as a member of the parliamentary investment committee in actions said to have the Mombasa governor’s hand.
Ironically, Katana was Joho’s PA when he served as Kisauni MP. But it appears other than fighting Katana for aligning himself with Ruto, he never wanted him to be MP in the first place. In the 2013 general election when Katana first contested and lost to little known Gunga Mwinga, there were allegations that ODM insiders had rigged him out. Currently, Joho is said to be financing the political activities of Mwinga to undermine Katana in the constituency. Katana has said severally that his cooperation with Ruto is because of the handshake between Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta. “I’m a loyal member of ODM with full respect to my party leader. I also support the handshake and that is why I have been working with DP Ruto to further development in my constituency,” the legislator was quoted as saying.
He has also said his cooperation with Ruto is not for selfish reasons but for the benefit of his constituents. He says the DP has presided over high profile funds drives towards public projects in his constituency. The MP says some of the people fighting him have never assisted Kaloleni to move forward but wants leaders who can bootlick them.“I’m independent-minded and I work for the interest of my people who elected me and have no time for sycophancy,” Katana says. Mohammed Ali of Nyali constituency and a close ally of the DP is another one whom Joho is scheming against. He is pushing his cousin Said Abdalla aka Saido against the Jicho Pevu.
Jicho Pevu’s recent rising political profile after he filed a motion to impeach transport CS James Macharia over chaos at Mombasa port has alarmed the Joho camp. In spite of the rejection of the motion by Speaker Justin Muturi, Ali has become a hero in Mombasa. Last week, pro-Joho Mombasa MPs led by Mvita’s Abdulswamad Nassir were doing damage control. They toured the port and pleaded with the KPA management to put out a notice affirming that usage of SGR for containers upcountry was optional. This was meant to cool the heat against them after residents began collecting signatures to recall them for failing to support Jicho Pevu motion. Another Joho political foe Aisha Jumwa of Malindi constituency is politically wounded and the Mombasa governor no longer cares what she does or says. The Malindi MP’s self-inflicted woes have dimmed her 2022 Kilifi governor bid.
Fresh political formation in Siaya ahead of 2022 – Weekly Citizen
There are plans afoot to drop Alego Usonga MP Samuel Atandi from a leading role in Senator James Orengo gubernatorial campaign team. Observers point that the surprising decision was reached after it became clear that the controversial legislator was no longer appealing to the majority of voters.
There were earlier reports of an inside analysis conducted within Siaya senator campaign inner circle that hinted the disadvantages of trusting the MP with a major role yet he was also facing stiff opposition from notable politicians in the region. The development debate comes hot on the heels of a video that went viral showing the evidently intoxicated legislator dancing suggestively during a house party attended by women, as his Gem counterpart Elisha Odhiambo cheered. Weekly Citizen has established that political formations are already regrouping in Siaya ahead of 2022 general election and a section of political leaders including top ODM party officials from Alego Usonga are not happy with Atandi’s quick move to front Senator Orengo for the county’s governorship.
Area governor Cornell Rasanga has confronted the lawmaker on a number of occasions describing his early campaigns in support of Orengo as a lack of respect for his office. The protest by the governor sparked off an anti-Atandi wave as he was immediately joined by a host of formidable politicians from Alego Usonga in castigating the MP accused of overstepping his political mandate. The local ODM party leadership led by Alego Usonga branch chairman John Orwenjo, and secretary Paul Jura reaffirmed that the party had crowned Rasanga as their bona fide patron and it was, therefore, his duty to offer political direction on matters regarding his successor. The Orengo-led group which also brings together Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo and his Rarieda counterpart Otiende Amollo has been roundly accused of leading early full-scale political activities at the expense of development.
MCAs chairman Sylvester Madialo warned Atandi to stop creating confusion among voters, adding he should hold his horse and wait for the party whistle to be blown or prepare to equally lose his seat at the ballot. The leaders including Township MCA Obiero Otare, Vincent Odawa (North Alego), Judy Okumu (West Alego), Joseph Mboha (South East Alego), and Winnie Otieno (nominated) have loudly questioned how Atandi would deliver for Orengo when he is standing on a politically shaky ground. It is claimed that the Siaya senator blocked Atandi from using his chopper to escape from a crowd that turned rowdy during a food distribution to flood victims in his constituency. It is reported that trouble started after the MP barred Usonga ward MCA Madialo from addressing his voters after the food distribution. People with disabilities who had attended the event reportedly bayed for his blood after he gave them a paltry sh100 prompting Orengo to deny the lawmaker a chopper ride in fear that associating with him would jeopardize his 2022 governorship bid.
Rogue Kisumu NGO’s money minting gimmicks – Weekly Citizen
Various stakeholders and residents of Kisumu county have called upon Nyanza regional police commander Noah Mwivanda and his DCI counterpart Daniel Kipsoi, to investigate the activities of the chairman of an NGO called Magnum Environment Network Michael Nyaguti. The NGO, it is claimed, is a briefcase one with no donor funding surviving fully on extortion and threats. By last week, a victim was planning to institute private criminal charges against the NGO.
They are accusing Nyaguti of extortion and blackmail of people under the guise of encroaching on water catchment areas and flouting environmental laws failure of which he always resorts to going to courts as an interested party of the said social vice. One of the victims narrated that sometimes back, he was developing rental houses near Lake Victoria and had been given all the required documents from the county, Nema, and all relevant authorities to commence his work only for Nyaguti to appear menacing at the site with a group of people he called officials of Magnum Environment Network accompanied by some people who looked like police officers who demanded that I show them documents in regard to what I was doing. Most developers ranging from real estate to hospitable industries are saying that they are really undergoing rough times in the hands of the said Nyaguti who on most occasions is accompanied by some rogue police officers who intimidate and threaten their respective targets with arrests. The said Nyaguti had sometimes back attempted to extort Sh5 million each from former governors Evans Kidero and Jack Ranguma, together with a senior leading civil servant under the guise that they had bought land which should have been part of Lake Victoria.
When the trio was adamant that they would not give him any money, he sued them saying they had encroached on wetlands. The same Nyaguti also sued the Kisumu county government and Nyanza Golf Club which he accused of reclaiming the wetland at the mouth of River Kisat without convening a public participatory forum, as part extortion antics but his bid has fallen on deaf ears. He had also sued Kenya Ports Authority, Kisumu after the parastatal had ordered beach management units out of its land after collecting thousands of shillings from the said victims. Recently together with other activists, they stormed Western offices of Kenya Wildlife Service demanding that they investigate a ring of cartels believed to be working in cahoots with officers to defraud victims of wildlife attacks of their compensation. After his request was rejected, he called a meeting in Kisumu with some of the victims who had not been paid and tried to convince them to give him the power of attorney so that he could press them for their payment. Efforts to get Nyaguti’s comments were fruitless while a senior KWS officer said that they have a clear policy on how KWS compensates. “KWS has no agreement with anyone to peruse payments,” he said.