Al Shabaab Facilitator Francis Macharia Karishu has presented himself to the police. The former owner of a printing shop at Nairobi’s Luthuli Avenue was arrested Sunday evening in Kayole Estate.
The Culprit on whom police placed Ksh 1 million bounty was operating a business by the name Paste Printers in Nairobi, within RIDGES building along Luthuli Avenue, where he engages in the printing of fake identity cards, bank cheques, title deed forms, birth certificates and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education certificates among other documents.
Police have revealed that it was Karishu who processed the four (4) fake Kenyan Identity cards that the two terror suspects Abdimajit Hassan Adan and Mohamed Nane, who were planning to carry a VBIED attack in Nairobi, were using.
Karishu closed shop after wind the authorities were looking for him and escaped to Kayole where he is said to have put up in a ‘safe haven’.
A UN-backed peacekeeping mission in Somalia, which faces attacks by an Al-Qaeda affiliate, received unanimous Security Council backing Tuesday until July 31.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), with about 21,600 troops, operates with the approval of the UN and relies on international funding.
By extending Amisom’s mandate to the end of July, the United Nations Security Council allowed for a review of recommendations expected in a “joint assessment” report on Somalia to be presented by June 15.
In its resolution, the Security Council recalled that it authorized the African Union to reduce Amisom to roughly 20,600 personnel by October 30, after 1,000 troops were pulled out last year.
There are plans for a full withdrawal of foreign troops by December 2020, but heads of state and ministers from the main troop contributors — including Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda — in March warned the timeframe for the drawdown was “not realistic and would lead to a reversal of the gains made by Amisom.”
The mission was deployed in 2007 to defend the internationally-backed government against attacks by the Shabaab, a Somali-led Al-Qaeda affiliate.
Somalia is slowly gaining its foothold as the forces liberate most regions and citizens.
Al-Shabaab militia group is at its weakest point. It has been weakened financially, militarily and politically in recent days. Somali’s harsh climatically conditions and the country’s devastating drought has forced Al Shabaab militants to live on strained finances as funders continue to disown the militia group. This is because many local communities now lack the resources to meet the militant group’s tax demands.
They have been put on the back foot following the stepped-up tempo by AMISOM and international communities on ground operations conducted in conjunction with Somali government troops.
Somali people no longer have faith in Al-Shabaab. They no longer enjoy political support from these people especially because of the bombing in Somalia that killed hundreds of civilians. This does more damage to their reputation than anything else. They don’t even want to be protected by them. They claim that the so called protection comes with a hefty cost.
Al-Shabaab is also facing another challenge of drawing new recruits. Youths in Somalia have become aware of the misuse and ill-treatment one goes through in the hands of the militia once he joins. They are no longer falling into the enticing tactics the Al-Shabaab used to entice youths with. Youths have become aware that there is no “money-factor” as Al-Shabaab claims. Their number has drastically reduced to an extent that they are actually abducting children from communities that are unable to make protection payments.
They coaxed the locals by telling them that if they can’t give them resources, then they should give them their kids.
The defections from the terror group are also posing a threat to its diminishing. Of late, there have been mass defections from the group. The Somali government is helping those who are voluntarily leaving the group to integrate with the society. The Kenyan government is also playing a key role into this.
Sources from within confirm that Kenyans in the Al Shabaab are the main suspects for allegedly tipping off security forces on planned attacks and terrorist cells in regions of Somalia hence multiple failed attacks on Kenya and Somalia.
Kenyan Security forces uncovered an Al Shabaab operation on Nairobi in March. The attack meant to cause massive deaths within a radius of 250 metres and severe destruction of property was targeted on the Supreme Court and other government installations. A cache of arms including 36 grenades and five automatic rifles, vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) among other assortments of weapons were seized in Isiolo where the Al Shabaab militants were arrested enroute Nairobi.
Headlines on the weakening Al Shabaab have since flooded headlines;‘Three Terrorists Planning Attack On Kenya Put On Notice Security Forces’, ‘Locals Tip Off Al Shabaab in Somalia’s Hiiraan Region, 40 Militants Killed’, ‘Dozens Of Al Shabaab Militia Killed in Foiled Attack in Baidoa’ among others confirming the continued weakening of the militia group in the region.
As a result of the continued failure and loss of formerly occupied territories to the AMISOM troops, the outfit currently having internal wrangles has resulted to internal conviction of foreign fighters most of whom are of Kenyan origin. Inside sources say that Kenyan militants are suspected to be working with the Kenya Defence Forces and Somalia Forces by offering them information.
The militia group’s leaders claim that tip off to the authorities on planned attacks as well as location of their cells are subject to punishment according to their laws and they are currently on a rampage to torture and execute those ‘working against them’.
The ongoing witch hunt in the militia outfit has seen hundreds of militants surrender to security agencies and are currently working with necessary authorities as they undergo due process before they are integrated back into the society.
With so many towns taken over by security forces, the members have scampered for help in the local residential areas for shelter, food and water following eviction and destruction of their camps. However, Security Forces are taking them by their horns and countering their asymmetric warfare tactics by using locals to flush them out of their hiding places.
The locals who are tired of Al Shabaab’s threats and destruction of infrastructure in return costing them lives, education, health and a good economy are working with the troops to ensure restoration of normalcy through medical camps, construction of fallen structures and settlements among other social activities to get these communities back on their feet.