The Ministry of Interior has Wednesday ordered the properties and funds of nine Kenyan individuals to be frozen over terror links.
The nine individuals include Halima Adan Adan Ali (ID 25142129, Passport no. A1659348), Waleed Ahmed Zein (ID 22711263, Passport no. A120391), Sheikh Guyo Gorsa Boru (ID 22711263), Mohammed Abdi Ali- Abu Fidan (ID 33220948), Nuseiba Mohammed Haji (ID 10761897), Abdimajit Adan Hassan (ID 32480689), Mohammed Ali Abdi (ID 5964712, Passport no. A092562), Muktar Ibrahim Ali (ID 21629220, Passport no. A2576117), Mire Abdullahi Elmi (ID 3352339).Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i through a statement said that the action is part of Kenya’s counterterrorism strategy to disrupt terrorist operations.
“The strategy focuses on bringing to book the perpetrators, financiers, and sponsors of these reprehensible acts in line with our national laws and international obligations,” CS Matiang’i said.
The CS further said that he acted in pursuant to the provision of regulation 11(1) of the Prevention of Terrorism -POTA (Implementation of the United National Security Council Resolutions on Suspension of Terrorism) Regulations 2013.
Terrorism is the single biggest threat to global peace and security.“Being on of the nations at the frontline against this vice on the continent, Kenya now faces blatant, increasingly complex and evolving terror threats, particularly from Al-Shabaab, whose aim is to attack, destabilize and disrupt our way of life,” he said.Matiang’i through the statement also emphasized that the enemy is also progressively planting operatives among the civilians strategically to advance his agenda through recruitment and radicalization to violent extremism and terrorism.“In light of this, Kenya is facing subtle threats from all-pervasive domestic actors, both individual and entities, attacking from within.”
On a positive note, Matiang’i said that Kenya has registered tremendous gains through the security forces in protecting the lives of and properties of citizens as well as Kenya’s critical infrastructure.“So far, we have made great strides towards strengthening our community deterrence efforts which have allowed us to sustain this fight.”In concluding his statement, CS Matiang’i said the only way to deny terrorists the means to threaten Kenyan’s way of life is to choke their facilitation networks.