THE Kenya Muslims National Advisory Council has condemned the attack on the East African Pentecostal Church in Garissa in which two people died.
But the Kemnac chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao said the government should conduct a thorough investigation, suggesting the attack may not have been the work of al Shabaab. "This could be a plot by people out to cause friction between Muslims and Christians. It is contrary to Islamic teachings," said Ngao.
He said the attack may also be political now that we are going to an election year. Ngao said some Muslim clerics are brainwashing Muslim youths, especially new converts, into believing that they enter into jihad (the holy war).
He urged the government to set aside funds to be used in a nationwide civic education on the meaning of jihad. "The said sheikhs are giving the wrong impression of jihad and that is why they target new converts," said Ngao.
He said the country will always be at risk so long as the sheikhs are not stopped from brainwashing innocent youths. Ngao said the sheikhs have turned the youth recruitment into money-making business and will do anything to recruit the ignorant youths.
In Garissa, the Kenya Army and the police raided a hotel in the town and arrested 10 people believed to have links with with the al Shabaab militia group. The officers had received information that the suspects planned to attack an unspecified target and were hiding at Midnimo hotel.
The officers got into the hotel and ordered everybody to lie down as they made a search. But Northeastern Provincial Police Officer Leo Nyongesa said he is not aware of explosives allegedly found at Garissa-Tana bridge or in the town. Meanwhile, tension remained high in Garissa town.
Speaking after addressing residents of Garissa town, Dujis MP Aden Duale urged security operators to ensure they bring to book all those out to cause havoc in the town. "It should be known that anybody can be an al Shabaab and the issue of security officers victimising one community during during search for al Shabab terrorists should not and will not be accepted at all," said Duale.