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2 senators fault UN al Shabaab report

Saturday, August 03, 2013

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Two senators have urged the government to ignore a UN report that links an employee of Parliament to al shabaab.

Speaking to the press yesterday, Senators Billow Kerrow and Hassan Omar Hassan said the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia should be ignored because it has perfected the art of linking Kenyans to al Shabaab without evidence.

The UN report claims that an employee of the Parliamentary Service Commission has been in the forefront of recruitment of jihadist fighters into Somalia.

The report claims that the official sits on the committee of Pumwani Mosque that allegedly finances terrorism and recruitment of fighters in Kenya through a separate entity called Al Hijra.

The senators said the report is bogus because it was authored by “four or five” consultancies that sit in offices in Nairobi.

They said the UN report fell short of providing evidence on the official alleged role in the funding and recruitment of jihadists.

“Throughout the report there is no evidence on the official link to al Shabaab or even the mosque,” Kerrow said.

The Mandera senator said the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia has built a career out of maligning Kenyans leaders by linking them to terrorism.

Kerrow asked the UN team to submit whichever evidence it has against the official to the police so it is dealt with according to the law.

“Terrorism is a serious offence in Kenya and they should pass the information to the police for action,” he said.

Hassan Omar accused the group of acting in bad faith by linking the official to terrorism without due diligence.

“You cannot make recommendations with such finality. This is a campaign to hurt Islamic work in Kenya,” Omar said.

Two senators have urged the government to ignore a UN report that links an employee of Parliament to al shabaab.

Speaking to the press yesterday, Senators Billow Kerrow and Hassan Omar Hassan said the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia should be ignored because it has perfected the art of linking Kenyans to al Shabaab without evidence.

The UN report claims that an employee of the Parliamentary Service Commission has been in the forefront of recruitment of jihadist fighters into Somalia.

The report claims that the official sits on the committee of Pumwani Mosque that allegedly finances terrorism and recruitment of fighters in Kenya through a separate entity called Al Hijra.

The senators said the report is bogus because it was authored by “four or five” consultancies that sit in offices in Nairobi.

They said the UN report fell short of providing evidence on the official alleged role in the funding and recruitment of jihadists.

“Throughout the report there is no evidence on the official link to al Shabaab or even the mosque,” Kerrow said.

The Mandera senator said the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia has built a career out of maligning Kenyans leaders by linking them to terrorism.

Kerrow asked the UN team to submit whichever evidence it has against the official to the police so it is dealt with according to the law.

“Terrorism is a serious offence in Kenya and they should pass the information to the police for action,” he said.

Hassan Omar accused the group of acting in bad faith by linking the official to terrorism without due diligence.

“You cannot make recommendations with such finality. This is a campaign to hurt Islamic work in Kenya,” Omar said.

- See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-130663/2-senators-fault-un-al-shabaab-report#sthash.EGv8bu1v.dpuf


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