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Kenya’s Supreme Muslim Council ‘bans’ DStv in North Eastern

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Nairobi (Alshahid) – The Supreme Council of Muslims in Kenya (Supkem) has on Monday banned DStv and shut down several entertainment spots that air popular video shows and football.

This was announced by Supkem Mandera branch in a predominantly Muslim North Eastern Province of Kenya that borders Somalia and Ethiopia.

The Council blames the video dens and DStv English Premier League shows for eroding moral values among the youth and causing poor academic performance.

The Supkem Mandera branch shut down and outlawed the entertainment spots that air popular video shows and football, “in support of Islamic teachings.”

Supporting the move Supkem head office in Nairobi promised to extend the ban to other towns in the province.

MultiChoice Kenya, which operates the DStv channels, is yet to make a comment as its officers were still monitoring the events and may release a statement on Tuesday; this is according to its public relations manager Stella Ondimu.

Kenya’s Information minister Samuel Phogisio criticised the move by the Sheikhs, describing it as a violation of human rights that guarantee freedom of assembly.

He added that the Islamic leaders do not have constitutional powers to ban the service.

Recently in neigbouring Somalia the Islamist Alshabab and other insurgents banned the playing of music and airing of foreign programmes in their endeavour to promote Islamic values. The move was quickly overruled by the Somalia government.

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Wilfred Mulliro is Kenyan columnist. MA in International Studies from University of Nairobi, B.Ed. in English Literature from Kenyata University. His articles which focus on Social issues and Politics appear in Kenya's leading Newspapers.

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