The Star (Nairobi)

18 February 2013

Kenya: Lobbies Warn Muslims Aganst Backing Politicians

Three Islamic lobby groups have warned Muslim faithful against organisations taking a hard stance in the raging political campaigns.

Muslims for Human Rights and Kenya Muslim Yatima Foundation said making one-sided statements may bring confusion and project the entire community as allied to some candidates.

KMYF chairman Sheikh Twaha Omar told the Star Muslims should treat such statement as personal opinions. Kenya Muslim National Advisory Council chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao also urged religious groups supporting politicians to do so in their individual capacity and not on behalf of followers.

Ngao said religious leaders must give spiritual guidance to followers. Twaha said: "Opinions of one person or group do not reflect those of all Muslims. A shift of one person from a political affiliation to another is an exercise of democracy and not a shift of all Muslims," he said.

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