Mombasa county police commissioner Nelson Marwa claims that radicalized Muslim youth flocking at the Mlango Wa Papa Mosque in Old Town Mombasa to listen to what he terms ‘inflammatory sermons.’ Mr. Marwa moved on to confirm that the government has been monitoring the mosque which he claims has been capturing the attention of a lot of people from all over the country.
The commissioner said 30 youths were arrested by the police on Monday suspected to be belonging to a rogue ganga known as Gaza, accused of harassing non-Muslims in Kisauni in recent days. Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho has condemned these attacks. He claimed the gang is also responsible for the land invasions in Kisauni and added that the police have a list of 57 gang members.
“We are putting the Mlango Wa Papa Imam on notice because we are aware of what takes place in that mosque. Several groups of youths are streaming there to listen to lectures issued after the prayers,” said Marwa. “The government will not hesitate to take action on clerics who undermine national security”
Mlango Wa Papa Mosque hit the headlines three years ago after two groups of faithful came to a clash over the annual Mauleed festival. For people were seriously injured in the confrontations. November last year, four mosques were closed down temporarily, as the government sustained a full scale security operation to wipe out “jihadists” blamed for terror attacks in the country.