Fresh Twist In Fight For Mosque Millions As Muslim Leader Reports Threat To His Life
July. 31, 2020
A case in which a group of Muslim leaders are seeking to kick out management committee for the Eldoret Jamia Mosque has taken a new twist after one of the leaders seeking to be enjoined as an interested party claimed that his life has been threatened.
Jamal Diriwo Mungatana who is the Secretary-General of the North Rift Youth Daawa group says he has reported the threats to the Central Police station for actions to be taken.
Speaking at the Eldoret Law Courts on Thursday, Mungatana claimed that the group’s Chairman Suleiman Ewaton had threatened to kill him should he continue with his efforts to be enjoined in the case as an interested party.
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According to Mungatana, Ewaton is against his bid to be part of the case as he fears the court will know the truth about mismanagement of the Jamia mosque funds through his participation.
“I have received threats to my life which I have reported to the police. They want me out of the case failure to which I will find myself in the grave,” he said.
“They are threatening me because they know I have information that will give way forward to this case that will see justice served,” he added.
Mungatana has filed a petition seeking to be enjoined in the case that has been in the court for over 5 years. Hearing for his petition has been scheduled for August 8.
In the case, a group of Muslim leaders accuse the current Jamia mosque management committee of involvement in mismanagement of the mosque's funds. They want the committee kicked and a fresh team installed as well as an audit of all the assets and liabilities of the mosque since 1990.
Mungatana says he has a backing of the majority of the Muslims in Eldoret to be part of the case as they seek justice.
“All we want is for us to be allowed to present our evidence, which they don’t want. Our interest is for the court to know the facts as they are so that when a judgement is delivered, it will be a fair ruling,” the youth Daawa group Secretary-General noted.
Responding to the claims that he has threatened Mungatana, the group’s chairman Suleiman Ewaton termed them as baseless. He insisted that the case is well on course to getting justice.
“I have not threatened anybody. These are claims that seek to divert attention,” Ewaton said while insisting that the case against the Eldoret Jamia Mosque management committee had attracted interests from different quarters out to take over.
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