The Rotary Club in Mombasa has accused youths of negatively using social media to escalate the violence that rocked the Coastal city after the killing of Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo on Monday. Club president Sureya Hersi said the violence has been fuelled by youths through Facebook and Twitter.
She said rumour-mongering played a part in the spread of the violence from Majengo to other parts of Mombasa including Kisauni, Mlaleo, Mwandoni, Bakarani and Mtopanga, all in Kisauni constituency. Hersi said it is not Muslims who burnt churches, but idle youths who took advantage of the situation.
The Rotarians condemned the killing of Rogo and the attacks on churches. They also condemned the killing of three prison officers. "An eye for an eye will only end up making the world go blind," she said, quoting the famous words of Mahatma Gandhi. The presidents of Rotary clubs in Mtwapa, Bahari and Mombasa North Coast clubs James Kimani, Muntazir Amir and Timothy Bore respectively called for calm in Mombasa.
Meanwhile, the Coast Civil Society Organisation called on religious leaders to control the youths and ensure there is no further violence. The organization, comprising of different NGOs in Mombasa, expressed dismay in the way the police handled the situation in Mombasa.
The said Police Comissioner Mathew Iteere issued reckless statement that only irked the youths further. They said Iteere was too quick to absolve the police from blame over Rogo's killing instead of waiting for conclusive investigations. The NGOs included Ujamaa Centre, Reachout Centre Trust, Clarion, Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance, CIPK, Muhuri, among others.