It’s usual faces at CIPK polls as top officials get re-elected

The long awaited Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) national elections were held over the weekend and new office bearers elected to serve and

manage the affairs of the council for another five years. However, there were no surprises witnessed during the council’s elections held at Baluchi conference hall in Mombasa as the exercise supervised by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials saw most of the top officials re-elected to their various positions. Sheikh Abdalla Ateka who had been serving as the interim chairman after the sad demise of Sheikh Muhammad Idris was elected in the peaceful elections the new chairman and he will be deputized by Sheikh Hassan Suleiman. Kenya’s ambassador to Muscat, Oman Sheikh Muhammad Dor was re-elected the council’s secretary general with Sheikh Daudi being elected his deputy. Sheikh Hassan Omar Dagane is the treasurer and he will be assisted by Sheikh Ramadhan Muhammad Mwasengeza.

Sheikh Muhammad Khalifa retained his position of national organising secretary with Sheikh Abdullahi Chiva being elected his deputy. Others elected as regional
representatives were Sheikh Abdalla Athuman Darwesi (Nairobi region), Sheikh Rajab Korir (North Rift region), Sheikh Abdulrahman Farha (South Rift region),
Sheikh Khamis Mungai (Central region) and Sheikh Anas Ali Abdalla (Eastern region). At the same time Muslims from Western Kenya asked the newly elected
Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) national chairman Abdallah Ateka to fight religious intolerance and foster unity between Muslims and Christians in the country. CIPK Western region secretary general Khamis Wakhusama said Ateka’s election has brought regional balance to the Islamic leadership in the country.

Speaking in Mumias town, Wakhusama urged Ateka to promote peaceful coexistence between Muslims and non- Muslims living in Kenya and across the borders. “Islam is a long life religion that has had a peaceful co-existence with other communities of our noble country, Kenya. We ask the new chairman to revive this
coexistence so that diverse religions can enjoy peace and love each other,” said Wakhusama. He appealed to the Chief Kadhi Sheikh Shariff Muhdhar to encourage unity among the Muslim community and curb differences witnessed during Islamic festivals. “The differences seen during fasting and Eid festivals can be contained if the Chief Kadhi coordinates well with the Muslim clergy and leaders of the various Muslim organizations in the country,” he said.

Wakhusama said the Islamic calendar should be adhered to by Muslim leaders who should guide the Muslim community and other non-Muslims in authority on activities pertaining to Islam. He said if all Muslim organizations can work closely with the Chief Kadhi, cases of radicalization among Muslim youths can be easily contained.

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