Posted by: becketfund | May 12, 2010

Kenya: Government Official Speaks Against Clerics Proscription Against Soccer

NAIROBI – Government spokesman Alfred Mutua, commenting on a group of Islamic clerics in northeaster Kenya, who have been cracking down on public broadcasts of soccer and films, spoke to Reuters stating: “This is a secular country so our people have the freedom to do whatever they want within the law, which includes watching football,” Reuters reported on April 26.  Sheikh Daud Sheikh Mahmud, head of the group, which is based in Mandera, a town bordering Somalia, informed Reuters:  “If we come to a place where movies or watching football goes on we simply take everything and destroy the disc and repay the owners. We have now succeeded in 10 places.”

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