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The Muslim community in Kenya expressed outrage over the derogatory remarks against the NTV journalist by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha and called for his immediate sacking.
NAIROBI - Kenya is facing major fury from the Muslim community in the country after a top minister in the governing party made disparaging remarks against a female Muslim journalist.
Muslim leaders have put pressure on President Uhuru to sack his Education minister George Magoha for profiling an unnamed NTV reporter during a media briefing in Nairobi last week.
An undated viral video has shown Magoha asking the NTV female Muslim journalist to first identify herself before he could answer her questions.
Where are you from? Who are you representing because if you are representing Al-Shabaab I will not answer you," Magoha said.
The remarks have angered the Muslim community across Kenya and taken social media platforms to condemn the abrassive "Islamophobic" act by the education minister.
President Uhuru Kenyatta should immediately take action against Magoha. It's unacceptable for Magoha to profile the female journalist as an agent of Al-Shabaab based on her religion and dressing code," said an Islamic scholar in Nairobi.
They accused Magoha of violating the constitutional right to religion and added that such hatred sentiments may lead to violence in Kenya during this tense electioneering period.
Uganda is the first country sent troops to Somalia in 2007 and has the largest number of soldiers in AU mission battling Al-Shabaab.