Government extends terror amnesty to youths

August 30, 2015 12:49 pm
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“We want to get to the bottom of the allegation...the security organs are there to provide security to the citizens,” he said.
“We want to get to the bottom of the allegation…the security organs are there to provide security to the citizens,” he said.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – The Government has once again extended the amnesty to youths who have joined the Al-Shabaab militia in Somalia.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery says the extension will allow more youths to be rehabilitated.

The CS has however cautioned police officers from mishandling those who wish to denounce the Al-Qaeda linked terror group.

He also says that investigations were ongoing over alleged forceful disappearance of youths by a section of Muslim leaders and human rights defenders.

“We want to get to the bottom of the allegation…the security organs are there to provide security to the citizens,” he said.

Already the National Police Service has strongly dismissed claims that police were behind forceful disappearance of terror suspects.

Rights defenders and political leaders have made allegations of disappearances in Northern Kenya, the coastal region and Nairobi.

Kenya Police Spokesman Charles Owino says they have registered cases of youths who have fled to the war torn Somalia to join the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab militia.

“We know a number of youths are missing… some have been killed during attacks there. We have parents telling us their youths are in Somalia,” he said.

Owino said according to intelligence reports, some youths in Somalia have been hoodwinking their relatives that they had been kidnapped by the police.
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“They are lost…we don’t want to discriminate anybody…we have no policy to kill anyone!”

In an interview with Capital FM News on Friday, Owino cautioned against making such remarks saying other than being baseless, they will serve to radicalise more youths.

“The term extra-judicial killing is a term that is being misused…it can only mean it’s a policy by the government which is not,” he asserted.

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