The Al Shabaab militia group is now facing fresh wrangles in new money disputes exposed by former Al Shabaab members who are surrendering and defecting to the Somali Government.
In a comprehensive report by a Somali Institute, It has been revealed that active foot soldiers are on a go-slow following un-honoured compensation demands. The situation has been compounded by the ongoing Corona pandemic that has seen a sharp decline in revenue collection by the defunct group.
The infighting is reportedly fueled by some members of the Shura council who are not satisfied with the current governance of the group.
According to the damning report, militants are relatively cheap and are receiving payment to the tune of Ksh50 per day as commanders and administrators mince the rest of the funds. Among the promises given during recruitment is the compensation of family members once they die in service. However, this is just a ploy used to entice young men and women into violent extremism.
Intelligence reports also confirm that the recapturing of territories has played a big role in the financial dispute within the outfit. Also, closure of financial sources; both from sympathizers and illicit businesses by the Kenya Defence Forces and allied forces have directly had implications on the group.
The militants who are tasked with suicide bombing and attacking perceived enemies usually resulting in their deaths are now blaming Al Shabaab leaders for lack of transparency in sharing the outfit’s funds. The latest wrangles add to the already diminishing Al Shabaab as security forces intensify attacks.