A mew United Nations report says one Cabinet minister, Najib Balala and one nominated Member of Parliament, Amina Abdalla are among prominent Kenyans funding the activities of the Al Shabaab terror group, which devotes itself to violently get rid of the Ethiopians in Somalia.
The Cabinet minister is said to have donated Sh200,000 for the construction of a mosque in 2009, but the funds were apparently wired to an account operated by the terrorist outfit which controls huge parts of Somalia.
The report also accuses the Nominated MP of donating Sh500,000 to an account operated by a leading Al Shabaab financier on February 17 this year.
The report however says that it has no evidence that Balala was aware that his donation would be used to finance the terror group’s activities. Mr Balala denied knowingly funding the activities of the terrorist group but maintained that he would continue supporting Islamic activities.
The report also says Abdalla confirmed being a close friend of a leading Al Shabaab financier during an interview with the UN Monitoring Group.
She, however, denied knowledge that the funds were being used to help the terror group’s activities in Kenya and the war-torn Somalia, believing she was contributing to reconstruction of a mosque.
According to the report, the terror group, which has close ties with al Qaeda has established extensive funding, recruiting and training networks in Kenya and recruited between 200 and 500 Kenyan youths who are currently fighting to overthrow the UN backed Transitional Federal Government in Mogadishu.
Al Shabaab has also set up connections with other Jihadist groups across the continent, the report states.
According to the report on Somalia and Eritrea, majority of the Kenyan youths recruited to Al Shabaab are from non-Somali communities.
“In the past, al Shabaab’s presence in Kenya has been concentrated primarily within the ethnic Somali community.
But since 2009, the Group has rapidly expanded its influence and membership to non-Somali Kenyan nationals,” the report said.
The report says Al Shabaab activities are mainly conducted by the Muslim Youth Center based at Pumwani in Nairobi.
The report says the centre is used to recruit Kenyan youths into the terror group.