Muslims, Netizens Demand Immediate Sacking of Magoha Over Attacks on a Journalist
Leaders and clerics of the Muslim community have demanded for the immediate sacking of Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha over his remarks against an NTV journalist.
In the viral video, Magoha had asked a Muslim journalist to identify herself before he could respond to her questions.
“Kwanza wewe unatoka wapi? (Where are you from?). Who are you representing because if you are representing al Shabaab I will not answer you,” Magoha said.
Magoha was giving an address at Pumwani Boys high school while breaking ground for the construction of classrooms.
On Tuesday, Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims (Supkem) chairman Hassan Ole Naado condemned the sentiments, terming them as unfortunate.
According to Naado, many communities are under election tension and such sentiments might lead to violence.
“We are hurt by the words of Magoha. He is not an ordinary person but a leader and we have always advised our children to follow his steps but when he says such words, it is unfortunate,” he said.
Naado called on the government to take action against Magoha.
“Magoha should be fired immediately because he lacks morals,” he said.
Naado further urged all leaders to preach peace and unity and refrain from using words that can cause violence.
Kenyans on social media also condemned the sentiments, saying that they are so unfortunate to come from a national leader.
“This is in poor taste and borders on intolerance!! Coming from a person of his status, it is prejudicial to efforts in building tolerance and countering some narratives peddled by extremists,” said a twitter user.
“So sad. Maybe he is NOT aware of the ongoing effort in society to approach to counter terrorism. One of the principles is not to stereotype others based on their religion/ethnicity,” quipped another user.
“This is very wrong. He should instead preach peace and stability. He is working hard in restoring enmity. Magoha!!!! ” another twitter user commented.