“As a minority, we implore our esteemed president to intervene and rectify this situation,”
Muslim leaders, led by Imam Sheikh Hussein Mohammed from Jamia Mosque (center), alongside CIPK leader Sheikh Abubakar Bin (left).
Muslims in Uasin Gishu took to the streets on Friday to express their dissatisfaction after the High Court in Eldoret invalidated the nomination of Mama Sarah Abdi to the Uasin Gishu County Assembly.
Led by Sheik Mohamed Hussein of Imam Jamia Mosque, they condemned the court’s decision as unjust and detrimental to the Muslim community.
“As Muslims of Uasin Gishu, we threw our support behind the UDA party and encouraged fellow Muslims to do the same. In return, we were promised one nomination slot in the Uasin Gishu County Assembly. It is disheartening to see Mama Sarah Abdi and others being stripped of their nominations,” he lamented.
“We, as Muslims, are deeply disappointed, and we call upon President Ruto, the leader of the UDA party, to reconsider our plight. We demand the immediate reinstatement of the removed MCA,” he urged.
Sheikh Abubakar Bini, the National Deputy Director of the Kenya National Fatwa Council, demanded the prompt reinstatement of Mama Sarah Abdi, emphasizing her long-standing service to the president during his tenure as an MP.
“Why should Mama Sarah Abdi be deprived of her nominated MCA position? Her nomination was not based on sympathy but on her commendable service. We insist on her reinstatement,” Bini argued.
“As Muslims of Uasin Gishu, we initially sought five slots but settled for one. Removing the sole position granted to us is unjust. We will not rest until our position is restored,” he vowed.
Hussein Yator echoed the sentiment, urging President William Ruto to reinstate Mama Sarah Abdi to her hard-earned nomination seat.
Abdikarir Solai Community expressed dissatisfaction with the court ruling and demanded the reinstatement of their nominated MCA within a week.
Mohamud Jama, Chairman of the Somali Community in Uasin Gishu, questioned the rationale behind removing the nominated MCA, especially considering her active role in advocating for the UDA Party.
“As a minority, we implore our esteemed president to intervene and rectify this situation,” he pleaded.
Mohamed Haji Isaack, Chairman of Muslim Uasin Gishu County, criticized the decision, emphasizing their endorsement of the president and Governor Bii. He emphasized the need for fair representation and restoration of Mama Sarah Abdi’s nomination.
Eldoret Media Hub, a working space for journalists based in Uasin Gishu County set up by the Uasin Gishu Journalists Association (UGJA) through a Media Council of Kenya (MCK) grant.
The facility was officially opened in August 2021 by the MCK Chief Executive Officer David Omwoyo.