BY LINAH BENYAWA

Sheikh Juma Ngao, a Muslim cleric, has accused his colleagues of fanning violence that rocked Mombasa since Monday.

Ngao said some clerics were preaching hate against Christians.

“Using the killing of the preachers to burn churches, destroy property and kill innocent people is criminal. Why cause destruction in the name of Islam, which is against the teachings?” said Ngao, chairman of Kenya National Muslim Advisory Council.

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Ngao noted some priests have brainwashed youths making them attack churches and disregard Christians. Some of the alleged hate promoters, according to Ngao, are street preachers.

Meanwhile, a group of Muslim and Christians leaders appealed to parents to restrain their sons from violence.

They warned that large-scale demonstrations will spark more chaos and threaten peace.

The group known as Mombasa Peacekeeping Committee called for religious tolerance and urged preachers to refrain from incitement.

Chairperson Irene Randu said, “We want peace back in Mombasa because the town has been known as city of hospitality.  We cannot afford to lose that good name because of fights.”

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They called for deployment of more security personnel in the town and resettlement of all people displaced by violence in Mombasa and Tana River counties.

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