CS Matiang’i freezes assets of 9 individuals accused of financing Al Shabaab


CS Matiang'i freezes assets of 9 individuals accused of financing Al Shabaab
File image of Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang'i. PHOTO| COURTESY

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i has ordered the freezing of funds and property belonging to nine individuals believed to have been supporting terrorism in Kenya.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, CS Matiang’i said the nine individuals are part of Al Shabaab network and have been financing the terror group while operating in Kenya.

They include; Halima Adan Ali, Waleed Ahmed Zein, Sheikh Guyo Gorsa Boru, Mohammed Abdi Ali (Abu Fidaa), Nuseiba Mohammed Haji, Abdimajit Adan Hassan, Mohammed Ali Abdi, Muktar Ibrahim Ali, and Mire Abdullahi Elmi.

“Today, acting pursuant to the provisions of Regulation 11(1) of the Prevention of Terrorism-POTA (Implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Suppression of Terrorism) Regulations 2013, and having regard to the resolutions of the Counter Financing of Terrorism Inter-Ministerial Committee held on 5′ February 2020 pursuant to the provisions of Regulation 13(1) of POTA Regulations 2013, I hereby order the freezing of funds and property of the following individuals and entities…” said the CS.

“We shall neither surrender into the hands of terrorism nor play into the narrative propounded by terrorists of discrimination along ethnic and religious lines in this war. The only way to deny terrorists the means to threaten our way of life is to choke their facilitation networks, and this is why I have published the foregoing list so that they can no longer finance Al-Shabaab’s operations within our borders.”

He added that the government will continue to put focus on disrupting terrorist operations by bringing to book the perpetrators, financiers and sponsors of Al Shabaab.

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