Yusuf Nzibo elected SUPKEM chair in first successful vote in 16 years
Former IEBC commissioner Yusuf Nzibo will chair the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims for the next five years, his goal being an image turnaround.
Nzibo beat long-serving chair Abdulghafur El-Busaidy with 95 votes against his 74, in the election held on Monday at Huda mosque in South B, Nairobi.
Mohamed Mahat, a former Kuwait ambassador and a diplomat at the Foreign Affairs ministry’s office of the Great Lakes Region,was elected Secretary general. He got 89 votes against his rival Hassan ole Naado who got 80 votes.
Adan Wachu who had been the secretary general for more than 10 years didn’t defend his seat in the council’s first successful election in 16 years.
The umbrella body for all Muslim organisations was formed in 1973. Previous attempts to hold elections were frustrated through court battles by some of the organization’s top officials or through their proxies.
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Long-serving national organising secretary Sharrif Hussein was edged out by Abdullatif Salat with a votes tally of 74-93. Shariffhad served for more than 37 years.
Feisal Al Amoudy is now director of religious affairs after defeating Hassan Kinyua.
Abdullatif Shaaban won the director generals position while Abubakar Chemaswet was elected treasurer.
Nzibo said: “The organisation has been facing a myriad of challenges stemming…from bad image to eroded relationships with numerous stakeholders. Our key agenda is to redeem that image and rebuild the ties.”
He said that with the new team, a new organisational structure will be created and Muslims professionals across the spectrum involved in empowering the council to perform all its roles.
“We are going to bring on board not only professionals but also Muslim organisations and other players. We will also be transparent and accountable to Muslims.”
Despite losing the SG seat, Ole Naado congratulated the new team saying he is pleased that his internal ‘coup’ in the organisation has borne fruits – a successful election in years.
“I thank my team for their efforts in making sure the message of change is heard loud and clear, from all corners of Kenya and in the media. My team and I made our case all through, from the court corridors to the court of SUPKEM membership,” he said.
“We made our case loud and clear to all those who mattered. Now that the membership of SUPKEM has given you the mandate, please take it seriously and try all you can with Allah’s guidance to confront the challenges Muslims are facing in Kenya. We have you in our prayers and wish you all the best. Elf Mabruk.”