Security officers in Mombasa have released the names of suspected terrorists said to have returned from al Shabaab training in Somalia, and who are reportedly terrorising residents in the county.
Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa yesterday described Nassir Sogomo, Lukeman Khatib, Nurdin Khamis and Jamal Rashid as dangerous al Shabaab terror group operatives, who he said have bases in Majengo and Diani in Ukunda, from where they plot their evil missions.
He said that detectives are zeroing in on the suspects to bring them to book, but raised concerns over some politicians said to be frustrating police efforts to deal with insecurity by funding and bailing out suspects. “We know the suspects and let them be warned that we are tracing their movements.
These are people who have been to Somalia for terrorism training and they are now back to unleash terror on residents but we will not sit and watch that happen,” said Marwa. The commissioner said police officers are also investigating tycoons funding the suspects’ activities and movement to and from Somalia.
He said the suspects have been posing as tuk tuk operators within Mombasa Island, where they have been targeting unsuspecting travellers from upcountry. “Some of them have tuk tuks and they normally position themselves at bus termini during the peak hours where they persuade travellers to board their vehicles.
We have information about them and we are monitoring them,” Marwa told journalists in Mkomani. Above the law He singled out a local Member of County Assembly who he said has been frustrating police efforts to prosecute the suspects by bailing them out whenever they are arrested.
Without dropping names, he said he has a list of notorious criminals who the MCA has bailed out, adding that no-one is above the law. “There is one MCA who has been notorious for bailing out suspects… I have evidence that he has been bailing out suspects whenever they are arrested.
That MCA should watch out because soon we are going to turn to him. Was he elected to serve the interests of wananchi or the interests of suspects?” asked Marwa. Early this year, the government had given amnesty to radicalised youths especially in the Coast, including those who had returned from training in Somalia.
They were required to surrender to the authorities, with Marwa assuring they would not be victimised. “On behalf of the President and the Ministry of Interior, we are asking the returnees and radicalised youths to give themselves up early to chiefs, assistant chiefs, officers commanding stations, officer commanding police division, members of County Assemblies and other authorities,” Marwa had said.
Somaliland Head To Polls For Councillors And MPs On May 31, 2021 Last updated May 31, 2021
Voters in the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland are heading to the polls on May, 31 to choose their member of parliament for the first time since 2005.
Somaliland broke off from mainland Somalia after the regime of Siad Barre in 1991.
The 5.2 Million citizens of Somaliland will be making yet another stab at global recognition as some 1.3 million voters head to the polls to choose 82 members of parliament and 247 local councils.
An election whose measure of democracy Somaliland hopes to use in its quest to certify its sovereignty.
Somaliland’s three political parties in the polls are opposition politicians Faisal Warabe’s UCID, Wadani led by another opposition leader Abdirahman Erye and President Muse Bihi Kulmiye party.
The elections is observed by over a hundred international observers including Uganda’s former opposition leader, Kizza Besigye and ex-president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Korma.
”Our visit to the headquarters of the Somaliland National Electoral Commission left us with a good impression about the Commission’s preparedness to conduct peaceful and credible elections,” said in a Twitter post.
The elections are taking place in six regions of Somaliland, namely Awdal, Sahil, Marodi-Jeeh, Toghdeer, Sanaag and Sool.
3 Somalia Regional States Say No To Farmaajo Term Extension.
The regional state leaders of Southwest, HirShabelle, and Galmudug allied with incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo have opposed to any form of extension on Tuesday evening.
In a joint statement Galmudug and HirShabelle called for dialogue based on 17 September pact.
“We agreed that the country should hold elections as soon as possible and that any form of extension should be abolished,” read part of the joint statement by HirShabelle and Galmudug.
Southwest leader Abdiaziz laftagaren also opposed the term extension of the President just an hour after Galmudug and HirShabelle released a joint statement.
The move by the three regional states allied to President was welcomed by Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble who also instructed the military commanders to pull back forces to their locations and barracks.
“I would like to welcome the press statements made by Galmudug and HirShabelle federal states, ” PM Roboe said in a statement.
“I call on the FMS states of Puntland and Jubaland and Benadir region to fully commit to a peaceful process in our efforts to hold free and inclusive election, ” he added.
United Nations, United Kingdom, United States and opposition leaders including former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud commended the move by the regional states.
“The UN in Somalia noting statements by Qoorqqor, Ali Gudlawe, PM Roble and others recalls int’l partners position: consensus is vital for any electoral process; only 17 September model can be endorsed by FGS and all FMS; all parties must reject violence and resume dialogue, ” the United Nations said.
The development comes as families in some parts of Mogadishu fleed from their residences and moved to other district followings clashes.
Somali Gov’t Warns Al-Shabaab & ISIS Will Capitalize On SNA Faction Clashes.
Somali National Security Minister Hassan Hundubey has warned opposition groups to be wary of “unknown elements” including Al-Shabaab and Daesh who might seek to use the current crisis to inflict harm to the public.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday said that the government may take action to confront people with the “behaviour of militias” who are taking advantage of the situation.
“The government has enough troops to take control of the city. It is Ramadan, but more actions need to be taken to prevent it.” mr. Hundebey said.
”The reason the prime minister called for dialogue is that the government does not want the fighting to affect the residence,” he added.
The remarks by the interior minister come hours after the international partners strongly condemned the outbreak of violence in the capital.
“We are alarmed especially by the emerging fragmentation of the Somali National Army along clan lines, which detracts from its primary task of combating Al Shabab and protecting the Somali population. Use of security forces for the pursuit of political objectives is unacceptable” the statement read in part.
As tensions increase in Mogadishu following Sunday clashes between government soldiers and those who were against President Farmaajo’s two years term extension.