It is with shock and utter disbelief that we have learnt of yet another massacre in Mandera County where this morning 36 people have been killed at a quarry in Koromei near Mandera town. This comes just a few days after another gruesome incident where a bus was attacked and 28 people killed in Omar Jillo area in Mandera County.
We the Committee of Jamia Mosque take this opportunity to strongly condemn these heinous and barbaric attacks perpetrated by terror groups and we reiterate that Islam is a religion of peace and does not condone the killing or injury of any innocent person.
We strongly condemn the beastly tactic of using the name of Islam to perpetrate acts of violence against innocent people and we reiterate that their actions are unacceptable, immoral and inconsistence with Islamic teachings. Islam stands for peaceful co-existence and there is no reason whatsoever to justify the killing of innocent people.
In this moment of grief and sorrow, we take this opportunity to send our deepest condolences to all the families of the bereaved and affected persons of this unfortunate and senseless murder.
This unfortunate and ugly incident should NOT be used to divide peace loving Kenyans who have lived harmoniously for centuries- along religious or ethnic lines- but rather it should be taken to reflect on improving the security situation of the country.
The security situation in Kenya is of grave concern to all Kenyans and we therefore advise the government, the people of Kenya and the security forces as follows:-
1. The government should immediately beef up security in all counties that border Somalia using the army, the police and the local people. We believe that with involvement of local people better intelligence can be gathered which will help to improve on the security situation. Indeed in every village and location in Kenya there exist loyal and patriotic Kenyans ready to defend the country from threats against national security.
2. The leaders especially those of various churches, NGOs, Muslim organizations, mosques and the government should refrain from using inflammatory language in this trying period, as this may worsen an already volatile situation.
3. At this time of profound grief, we call upon all the people of Kenya to stand united and shun the macabre attempts to divide the county along religious or ethnic lines as this remains Al Shabbab’s goal to foment religious and ethnic divisions among the people of Kenya.
CHARMAN-JAMIA MOSQUE COMMITTE