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Freedom of Worship Under Threat in Nairobi as Governor Sakaja Targets Churches and Mosques in Crackdown

by Paul Nyongesa
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Days after closing night clubs operating in residential areas, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has shifted focus to places of worship in the Kenyan capital city.

In a tweet, Sakaja says that they closed nightclubs after failing to heed and adhere to the county government’s warning on noise pollution adding that the places of worship will also suffer a similar fate.

“Even with the nightclubs; we didn’t start by shutting them down. We spoke to them over time and they agreed to comply but some ignored it. Then we took action,” he said.

Nairobians from various religions faulted Sakaja for likening places of worship to bars arguing that churches and mosques are more disciplined compared to drunk revelers.

The Nairobians also noted that the church ad mosque is the first place people seek refuge in times of need.

They said freedom of worship is enshrined in the Kenyan constitution and whatever Sakaja was attempting to do was illegal and will be met with stiff resistance.

“When electing our Governor we thought that we were electing a God-fearing person but are surprised that it’s to the contrary,” they protested.

The worshippers said they were still recovering from the time of worship that was lost during the Covid-19 period when places of worship were closed due to the pandemic and were not ready to experience a repeat of the same. “Churches and mosques are not bars and the noises from places of worship are praises of God and should be appreciated and not equated to noise pollution,” they said.

They warned the governor that they will hold demonstrations to protest the plan if Sakaja made good his threat of trying to close places of worship.

The county boss revoked licenses for all nightclubs and entertainment joints operating within residential areas directing them to only operate in the CBD.

This, he said, was aimed at curbing noise pollution.

“I will not go back on the abolition of bars and restaurants from residences. We have closed that chapter. Let us move on,” Sakaja said.

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