Tight se­cu­rity as Ra­mad­han starts

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - Win­nie Atieno, Ab­dul­rah­man Sher­iff, Wachira Mwangi, Stephen Oduor and Kalume Kazungu

Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho yes­ter­day called on Mus­lims to unite and help the needy as the Holy Month of Ra­mad­han started.

Hun­dreds of faith­ful started fast­ing af­ter Chief Kadhi Sheikh Ahmed Muhd­har and other reli­gious lead­ers sighted the moon at 6.35pm in Mom­basa on Wed­nes­day.

The Chief Kadhi also called on In­spec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice Joseph Boinett to en­hance se­cu­rity in ar­eas the faith­ful will be go­ing to for night prayers.

“More po­lice of­fi­cers should be de­ployed to se­cure all ar­eas, es­pe­cially where Mus­lims go for spe­cial prayers at night. I urge all Mus­lims to pray more dur­ing this holy pe­riod,” Sheikh Muhd­har said.

Mom­basa County po­lice boss John­ston Ipara said se­cu­rity had been beefed up in the tourist hub and as­sured Mus­lims there was no cause for alarm.

Speak­ing af­ter the Dhuhur prayers at the Ummu Khulthum in Kizingo, Gov­er­nor Joho asked Mus­lims to ded­i­cate more time to the cause of Ra­mad­han

Clad in a kanzu (reli­gious rob), the gov­er­nor also urged faith­ful to pray, unite and for­give one an­other.

He said Ra­mad­han was a time for prayers, giv­ing, for­giv­ing oth­ers and unit­ing.

On Wed­nes­day, Pres­i­dent Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga called for unity and for­give­ness as they wished the Mus­lims well dur­ing the fast­ing pe­riod.

Pres­i­dent Kenyatta said: “On be­half of the peo­ple and the gov­ern­ment, it gives me great plea­sure to send this mes­sage of warm greetings, best wishes and sol­i­dar­ity to our Mus­lim broth­ers and sisters as they com­mence the Holy month of Ra­mad­han.”

Mr Odinga said: “I pray that this sea­son re­minds us that we are one Kenyan fam­ily that ought to stand to­gether in re­jec­tion of the forces that seek to di­vide us. We must stand to­gether in cel­e­bra­tion of our com­mon hu­man­ity.”

In Tana River, Mus­lim cler­ics ap­pealed to the na­tional gov­ern­ment and NGOS to do­nate food and clothes to the fam­i­lies dis­placed by floods.

WACHIRA MWANGI | NA­TION

Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho (sec­ond left) with other faith­ful af­ter the Dhuhur prayers at the Ummu Khulthum Mosque in Kizingo yes­ter­day. Mus­lims have started mark­ing the Holy Month of Ra­mad­han.

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