Muslim faithful from Nyali constituency in Mombasa County convened for Friday prayers at the controversial site proposed for the construction of a mosque and madrassa in the area.
Addressing the media after Friday prayers the clerics vowed the halted construction of the mosque and madrassa will continue immediately through local donors.
They warned elected leaders to stop dividing leaders on religious lines amid tension in the constituency.
Kenya Muslim National Advisory Council (KEMNAC) Chairperson Sheikh Juma Ngao conducted the first Friday prayers at the controversial site.
Sheikh Mohamed Omar Diama conducted special prayers against those behind the demolition of the proposed project which had pitted area MP Mohamed Ali alias Jicho Pevu against Kadzandani Ward member of county assembly (MCA) Francis Kombe Nzai in a war of words over the disputed public land.
Sheikh Juma Ngao said no Muslim in the world has dared demolish a mosque which was under construction arguing that the incident is the first of its kind.
He cautioned Mr. Ali to stop chest-thumping with less than two years to the 2022 general elections.
“Let him apologise or his days in parliament are numbered as Kenyans are moving towards the polls,” he pointed out.
Men at work
The KEMNAC Chairperson vowed the project contractor will move to the site to commence work.
[Muslim cleric Sheikh Juma Ngao leading friday sumons at the demolished Mwatamba mosque in Nyali, Mombasa County. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
Mombasa businessman Said Abdallah famously known as Saido refuted claims the project was funded by foreign donors to the tune of 70 million shillings.
He disclosed the project was funded through his foundation, Hassan Joho and well-wishers.
“The local donors have resolved to ensure the project is completed without foreigners’ support,” he said.