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Defense Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale has told Kenyan Muslim women that they must wear a hijab or scarf in public.
Duale, who spoke during the launch of the International Quran Competition at Sir Ali Muslim Club in Parkroad, Nairobi on Tuesday, said it is mandatory for Muslim women to wear hijabs in public and those opposed to the practice should find another country to live in.
"The government will respect Muslim culture. We will make sure our girls wear hijabs. It is a must for any Muslim woman in Kenya to wear a hijab or scarf. If they do not want, then they should look for another country to go to,” Duale said as quoted by Nation.
Duale, a former Member of Parliament for Garissa Township Constituency, argues that hijab is a highly valued dress code among Muslims.
The politician has been vocal about women and girls wearing hijabs or scarves. In 2019, he demanded that the Ministry of Education takes disciplinary action against school heads forcing Muslim girls to remove hijabs.
"I want to warn head teachers that they dare not stop our children from learning because of wearing a hijab. Anyone who does that will find it rough with us who come from the Muslin community," he said.
The former National Assembly Majority Leader said Muslim school girls faced discrimination over their religious dressing and asked the ministry to issue a directive to protect them.
Although a majority of Muslim women in Kenya wear the hijab, some, particularly in urban areas, put on a simple covering over their hair. For many of them, the hijab signifies both modesty and privacy.
You can NOT mandate this like it's a sharia law state, it is not your place to ask this of other Kenyans. kama Iran wameshindwa wewe ni nani??
Do’Ale should shut the fack up and move to Mogadishu with the al Shabaab terrorists!
He should be FIRED!!!
There is a common thread here. Ruto has appointed a bagful of clowns to his government. There is the former governor of Kiambu, and this one. You wonder how he is doing in his ministry. Please leave things religious to imams and khadhis. Your assignment now is to study and UNDERSTAND the constitution. Kenya is not a theocracy. For this kind of crap go back to Somalia. Blaly fool wewe.
Where in Kenya are Muslim women or girls Discriminated?
Duale is just sending signals to Al shabab.
Bro just cos you've been elected doesn't mean you can start running your mouth and talking nonsense.kenya is not Somalia
What the heck
Not too long ago,Muslims in Nigerian stoned,and burnt a Christian women for what they termed as Insulting Mohammed.From credible sources,what she said was the she thanked Jesus for her good grades.Apparently that did not sit well with Muslims.Anyway, Let's not allow Kenya to be divided into Islam,and Christian sections.Let Muslims deal with their religious issues in their mosques,and Christians with their problems in their churches.
Lastly, since Duale favors sharia law,and that cannot happen in Kenya in the foreseeable future,I suggest he seeks citizen ship in one of those rich oil states that apply sharia law,instead of telling muslim women to look for another country.What makes aKenya is not their religion,tribe,or what they wear.
I guess our ancestors would have not qualified as Muslims based on their skimpy outfits that they did not consider immodest.Their gods were happy with them.Even the God of Muslims and Christians created Adam and Even naked.There was no Kikomi,or Rivertex then...Let alone Donatella Versace.
People like Duale spend too much time sitting on their brains. Notice when they attend different functions they are unable to shift gears in order to address the audience in front of them accordingly. Doale forgot he was speaking in Nairobi with possibly a national audience. Instead he spewed some rubbish only suitable at a Garisa camel show. Mzee, grow up.
I hope he as learned his lesson.Btw, talking of camel show, Iam reminded of Koran touting camel urine as an elixir that could cure a myriad of diseases...May be a glass or two would clear his mind.
The Allah demons have sensed the fire of God amidst revival sweeping Kenya.. bado Mambo..Muslims are defecting to Jesus.
Some will deny it,but the main reason that Muslim women are "forced" to cover themselves has alot to do with sexual desires of their Muslim men. You tell me what modesty is that when you cannot even see the face? Even Muslim themselves cannot agree on what modest dressing is.Some even argue that wearing niqab,or hijab is not even in their holy book.
Let's us here from Muslim women. Are they going to tell Duale that,"It's my body.Its my dress", without risking their heads chopped off?. Good thing, America will be ready to welcome you with both hands should you "denounce Islam" as oppressive,and impinging on your human rights...sort of.
Your Al Shabaab brothers must be very happy with your appointment. Mogadishu is waiting for you. Go sit on a toilet seat. We are Kenyans not Iranians!!!!!
Al Shabaab and Afghanistan laws being forced on Muslim women in Kenya.Next will be canning for adulterers including Njeri Nyamu & boyfriend,Muchoki.
That’s how it starts my friends, with a stupid pronouncements like this one, but when it’s uttered by a defense minister we should all be worried and take it with outmost seriousness, Iran in the 1050s women did not cover up, now they are being killed for partly not covering their hair. We should and must protect our secularism from islamists. I personally consider this middle eastern cults evil, they born in evilness and still keep spreading their evilness around the world. They were conceived by ignorant barbarous society where misogyny, slavery and other evils abounded. We need a secular society that guarantees the rights of everyone including Muslim women, that accords the same rights to a church, mosque and a disco.
Samoei yuko makanisani kila Jumapili huku akiwa amesahau ya kwamba, anaeneza dini bandia ya marehemu mwana wa Miriam. Naye Duale anasahau ya kwamba, kazi yake ni kuilinda nchi ya Kenya siyo kueneza mavazi ya mila za Kiarabu kwa wanawake wanaofuata imani ya marehemu mwana wa Amina.
Asante sana kwa kuchangia juu ya mila na desturi za ndugu na dada zetu ambao ni wafuasi wa Hayati Ndugu Mohammed.
@ Ndugu Imara Daima, some Muslims would feel like chopping off my head for appearing to denigrate the prophet but if you read what he did,no way would you classify him as a model for appropriate moral conduct.
What is interesting is that Muslims say that the Koran allows that no one should be forced in to Islam,and yet it says" fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the last day,and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and his messenger have made unlawful". To circumvent uncomfortable response muslim apologists would say that the interpretation is not literal,and that you need scholars to understand the meaning. Christians do not believe in Allah.
I wonder what Duale would say about this?
Still waiting on Duale to name the terrorists who murdered innocent Kenyans at Westgate Mall!
He himself told us that he knew them!
Also, Kenyan Muslim women have the FREEDOM to choose whether they want to wear hijabs or not!
If Duale doesn’t value that freedom, then HE should go live in Saudi Arabia, Iran, or Afghanistan, where he can see hijab wearing women everywhere, and be happy!!!
Does this new CS knows his job? Defense Cabinet Secretary telling girls to wear hijab? That is not his duty. This Shifta needs to know Kenya is not his. Everybody in Kenya has the right to dress up as they wish as long as it is not indecent.