Monday, June 13, 2011

Clerics seek harsher laws for gays

By GALGALO BOCHA gbocha@ke.nationmedia.com

A section of Muslim clerics on Monday called on the government to allow them apply Shariah laws to deal with rising cases of homosexuality.

If allowed, Shariah laws would enable the clerics to punish offenders as stipulated by the Quran, said Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya organising secretary Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa.

Sheikh Khalifa also urged Christians and Muslims to shun religious leaders who abetted homosexuality.

“We are asking Kenyans to shun businesses owned by such people and further show them open discrimination as a way of stopping the beastly act.

“They grossly abuse rights of others and should not be accepted among the society,” he said.

He said a madrassa teacher from Pakistan at Mlango wa Papa mosque recently charged with sexually abusing boys had been banned from leading any religious functions.

“Death is the only punishment prescribed by Islam for such people as done in China and Iran.

“We urge our government to consider allowing us to use such methods to deal with the dehumanising acts,” Sheikh Khalifa told reporters on the sidelines of an anti-homosexuality workshop.

He said if the government was not ready to allow them use Shariah to deal with culprits, then it should consider introducing death and life sentences for the offenders.

The workshop attended by more than 150 madrassa teachers at Madrasatul Munawarra Al-Islamiyya in Majengo estate, Mombasa, was called to address rising cases of boys being sexually abused in Coast Province.

The clerics are also demanding a crackdown on institutions that spearhead the rights of gays and lesbians in the country.

Several speakers urged madrassa teachers to uphold integrity and exercise high moral values as expected of them by the society.

“A true madrassa teacher is one who respects his status and upholds the human rights of his students.

Impart knowledge

“You are key people expected to impart decency and knowledge and not ones who abuse their authority,” Sheikh Mohammed Aboud told the participants.

Kisauni Islamic College principal Sheikh Majid Obeid blamed the drought in the country on illicit activities by some Kenyans.

“The rising cost of living and drought are due to the behaviour of these Kenyans who are not ready to change,” said Sheikh Obeid.