So many questions, so many fears: The dilemma of Muslims in Kenya

Muslim leaders led by the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims Secretary-General Adan Wachu, (centre) addressing the press at the Jamia Mosque on Septmeber 22, 2013 after the Westgate Mall attacks. The Sharawe Report can make a small contribution in helping Kenyans understand the current strength of narratives of injustice and marginalisation that have long characterised local politics.

PHOTO|JENNIFER MUIRURI|FILE.

What you need to know:

  • It submitted its final report in March 2008, but Kibaki never released it, and the findings were never publicly discussed or implemented.
  • Given the strong narratives of marginalisation and exclusion among many of Kenya’s Muslim communities, and the fact that these grievances are feeding into the radicalisation of a minority, it seems timely to look at the Sharawe Report and pose a number of questions.

Tucked away as an appendix to Volume 2C of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission’s final report lies a politically pertinent document.

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