The Muslim community in Kapsabet is in confusion and divided down the middle after a section of the leadership of a mosque distributed alarming letters to security agencies in the county.
In the letter, the Kapsabet mosque leadership is accusing a businessman of Somali origin of using the youth and his proximity to authority to cause divisions at Kapsabet Jamia mosque. In retaliation to soiling his name to authorities, the businessman who enjoys backing from majority of worshippers from the county has sued the authors.
The Muslim worshippers who advised the businessman to sue are infuriated by the authors of the letter chiefly because it portrays their religion in bad faith. Sensing that the letter was leading them into trouble, Kapsabet Jamia mosque imam Abubakar Sadala and Supkem area secretary Issa Songok who wrote and signed it before circulating it, are now seeking reconciliation with their accusers but his allies have resisted their attempts.
The letter charged the businessman Ahmed Canken has turned his premises into a business centre for Islamic activities instead of seeking a more agreeable place with leaders of different mosques. Contacted for comment, the businessman laughed off the allegations in the letter saying that his business premises which has a hotel, conference venue which also provides accommodation was free to offer services to any customer of any kind.
He wondered how his muslim brothers could go round looking for a conference hall to hire while he is in a position to give them one for free of charge. He said there is nothing wrong when a person he had assisted comes back to say thank you.
Despite the letter portraying him as a person with an evil agenda, worshippers say, the man is a philanthropist as worshippers from across the county attest.
The businessman has partnered with Eldoret Airport to export horticultural produce to Europe and Arabian sub-continent, a venture that has seen 200 youths get employment and the local farmer directly benefit from his efforts to find ready market.
He mentored a former deputy governor in the county Dominic Biwott, the current Nandi county governor Stephen Sang before and when he was senator for the county and a many others working in and outside the county.
Besides all these, the businessman says he constructed a residential house for the imam and educated a brother of Issa Songok who is currently a teacher in Kericho but is stunned that the two have conspired to pen down a letter against him. He adds that contrary to what his brothers had insinuated in the letter, his desire is to foster morally upright youth who wil succeed in life.