Wakf Muslim review report handed over to the Attorney general

WAKF officials at a past event in Mombasa PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:The task force that was formed to look into loopholes in relation to Muslim community legal issues has handed over its report to attorney general Prof Githu Muigai for review and implementations.

Speaking while handing over the report to the AG in  Nairobi,  WAKF chair Hamad Boga said that  some of the issues the report touches on  registration of all Wakfu properties in Kenya, formulation and approval of  the regulations and policies of the commission and collection, contribution from Muslims for the purposes of charity.

Boga said that there is need to change law regarding the name “Muslim” that initially meant community of one tribe, which failed to include other tribes in Kenya, thus proposing inclusion of other Muslim tribes in the new WAKF bill of 2017.

Boga explained that in the old WAKF law,Muslim were regarded as Arabs and Somalis only, leaving out other communities that belong to  Muslim and are not inclined to  middle east.

He pointed that the commission, consulted communities from Mombasa ,Malindi and  Lamu  in bid to come up with concrete report that encompasses all communities.

Muslim widows and orphans across the country will also   enjoy the benefits of wealth in the custody of WAKF Commissioners of Kenya if it goes through.

On the other hand the Attorney general Githu Muigai reaffirmed the commitment of the government of Kenya, to see the recommendations by that commission go through enactment of parliament.

“I re affirm the commitment of the government towards implementing of this commission’s enactment bill for the benefit of the Muslim community.”Prof Muigai said

The task force formed by the AG to oversee reforms announced on Wednesday that they were set to complete their work.

Current and former commissioners lately have been embroiled in a vicious war over the alleged theft of property worth Sh10 billion, that was to benefit Muslim widows and orphans.