In Summary
  • Five coastal counties have written to the council’s top organ, the National Executive Committee , demanding a Special General Meeting to discuss what they say is a leadership crisis.
  • Chairman Yusuf Nzibo said those pushing for the SGM are the same people pushing for Supkem's downfall and warned that he will not tolerate blackmail.
  • The claim of a leadership comes as a surprise as Dr Nzibo, a former IEBC Commissioner, was elected in October 2017 for a five-year term, on the promise of restoring the organisation's good image.

Trouble is brewing at the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims (Supkem) with a section of members expressing misgivings with chairman Yusuf Nzibo and his management style.

Five coastal counties have written to the council’s top organ, the National Executive Committee (NEC), demanding a Special General Meeting (SGM) to discuss what they say is a leadership crisis.

The five are Mombasa, Kilifi, Lamu, Taita Taveta and Kwale.

ONLY OPTION

In their notices, each of the five counties demand that Mr Nzibo call the SGM within 21 days, subject to the council’s constitution and all other enabling regulations.

“On behalf of Coast region counties, I forward their demand for a special general meeting preferably in the first week of December,” says Supkem’s Coast provincial chairman Muhdhar Shariff Khitamy.

In the letter dated October 29, addressed to Mr Nzibo and copied to the Registrar of Societies, Mr Khitamy says the decision was reached on October 20 at a meeting that took place in his office.

“Highlighting various issues of the council, it was agreed that the only alternative is to demand fan SGM to address the leadership crisis for the interest of the council and the Muslim community at large."

"NO BLACKMAIL"

However, Dr Nzibo said those pushing for the SGM are the same people pushing for Supkem's downfall and warned that he will not tolerate blackmail.

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