Youth attack churches as Mombasa eruptsUpdated Tuesday, August 28th 2012 at 00:00 GMT +3
|Rioters destroyed property in a church on Monday. [Photo: Maarufu Mohamed /Standard]|
By Philip Mwakio
The antennas of Kenyaâs top security organs are on high alert after controversial Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo was gunned down in a hail of bullets on Monday.
Mobs protesting Rogoâs death had killed at least one man by the time of going to press as violence rocked the coastal city of Mombasa. Church clerics were due to release a statement condemning the attack on the Salvation Army, Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG and Neno Evangelism churches and calling for calm.
Rogo, considered a key terror suspect by the both the Kenya and US Governments, died when assailants in a saloon car on the Mombasa-Malindi highway sprayed the white Nissan van he and his family were travelling in with bullets.
The killing of the controversial cleric came on the heels of the mysterious slaying of another terror suspect, Sheikh Amir Khan early this year.
Rogoâs wife, Haniya Said Sagaar, was badly injured in the left leg from the shooting, but his father-in-law Mzee Abdalah Ali and a female relative escaped unhurt, together with a young girl, aged six years, believed to be Sheikh Rogoâs daughter.
His killing sparked tensions that saw angry Muslim youth go on the rampage, setting fire to a church and van in the process.
Ironically, the violence in Mombasa exploded even as President Mwai Kibaki led the nation in a rallying call for peace on the anniversary of the day he promulgated the new Constitution.
The two events, separated by 480 kilometres, were linked by the call for peace and national reconciliation ahead of the General Election, and with Kenyan troops fighting Al Shabaab militants in Somalia as part of the Africa Mission force.
As news of Sheikh Rogoâs death spread, Mombasa town and its environs became no-go zones, enveloped in an orgy of rioting and arson by militant supporters of the slain cleric and terror suspect.
Muslim leaders demanded answers for the killing, but condemned the mayhem that followed Rogoâs murder. Kenya Muslims National Advisory Council chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao said Islamic preachers are now living in fear following the killing and the slaying of Sheikh Amir Khan early this year.
- Residents set to petition Senate over sand dredging by Chinese firm
- Mombasa governor tells State to work with him to improve port
- Government cancels ground breaking event for Lamu port
- Wildlife and herders threaten Jubilee flagship irrigation project in Kilifi
- 400 youth stranded in Voi after false jobs promise at Standard Gauge Railway
1Uncle Moody Awori is alive: Twitter rumours about Former Vice President's death refuted Many online users were left sending condolences messages amidst massive confusion as there...
2Who is Eric Omondi’s ‘mysterious’ girlfriend? After the mysterious exit of TV girl Jackie Maribe, comedian Eric Omondi seems to be makin...
3What can I do about my parents who always have a noisy love making sessions I’m 12 and I’ve heard my parents having sex five times, so I talked to them. ...
413 helicopters escort Uhuru, Ruto to Taita Taveta The full weight of the Jubilee government was felt in Taita Taveta County yesterday when P...
551 Pumwani nurses suspended over strike The county government has suspended 51 nurses working for Pumwani Maternity Hospital who h...
1Dirty women: The smell made me think she had aborted before sleepover Every man who has dated more than five women has encountered at least one dirty girlfriend....
2Gareth Bale to remain at Real Madrid as a key figure should Benitez take over Rafa Benitez has promised to build his Real Madrid team around Gareth Bale....
3Central bank sets next Monetary Policy committee meet on June 9 Kenya's central bank will hold its next Monetary Policy Committee meeting on June 9, the bank said i...
4Arrested FIFA officials face extradition to U.S. for bribery trials Six soccer officials, including some high-ranking members of world governing-body FIFA, were arreste...
551 Pumwani nurses suspended over strike The county government has suspended 51 nurses working for Pumwani Maternity Hospital who have been o...
1Widow forced to wear wedding gown to husband's funeral in Vihiga It’s not every day that you see a wedding gown at a funeral, but for the members of Jerusalem ...
2The 'lethal' womanizer: Star who slept with 20,000 women in his 'chamber' a cool 20,000 women shared Chamberlain's (extra long) bed at one time or another...
3Uncle Moody Awori is alive: Twitter rumours about Former Vice President's death refuted Many online users were left sending condolences messages amidst massive confusion as there was no of...
4Dirty women: The smell made me think she had aborted before sleepover Every man who has dated more than five women has encountered at least one dirty girlfriend....
5Virginity craze: Women don' t disturbing 'private entities' with chemicals Sexologist and relationship expert says skin lightening; bottom enlargement and virginity product ar...