Two Maulid festivals to be held as Trustees fight over Riyadh Mosque

Pilgrims during the 2016 Lamu Maulid Festival. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Kilifi, KENYA: Two Maulid festivals will be held in Lamu county after the Malindi high court threw out a petition filed in a bid to stop a parallel celebration organized by Muhsin Sayyed Ali, a WAKF trustee of the mosque.

According to the ruling issued by Justice Weldon Korir on Monday, the two warring parties are supposed to hold parallel ceremonies under tight security in order to prevent any confrontation during the celebrations.

Two petitioners Swaleh Sayyid and Abdulkadir Sayyid who are Wakf trustees in the mosque had filed a petition at the Garsen Law courts on 27th of November seeking to have Muhsin Sayyed Ali another Wakf trustee barred from holding the Maulid festivals at the Mkunguni square in Lamu pending the hearing and determination of the case.

Through their lawyer Eliud Nyongesa the petitioners argue that Muhsin had registered the mosque under his name and admitted foreign students thereby damaging the reputation of the mosque and in a bid to revenge on his fellow trustees, Muhsin had moved to organize a parallel festival.

However, the court said it had no jurisdiction to determine the case referring it back to the Garsen Law courts.