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Al Shabaab ex-member: I earned 75 000 /- per month

08 May 2015, 13:52 Joseph Njung'eh

Kirinyaga - A self-confessed member of the Somali based Al Shabaab terror group has surrendered to security agents in Kirinyaga County.

The 29-year-old Solomon Kamau Osman claims to have fled from the group after serving for a year and four months.

He surrendered to the County Security Team a week ago but the matter has been kept secret until Friday morning when the information was leaked out to the media.

Osman, who hails from Nakuru town, was heeded to an amnesty call by the Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaiserry.

County Security Committee Chairman, Kutswa Olaka while introducing Osman to the members of the Press at his Kerugoya town office, said the man will be handed over to the area Islamic Imams for counseling and guidance.

“Since Osman has voluntarily agreed to surrender following an amnesty declared by the government, we have no option but to thank him for the gesture and appeal to the area Muslim Clerics to accept him and offer him the necessary counseling and guidance to enable him get integrated into the society as a useful Citizen,’’ Olaka said.

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Osman narrated how in 2010, while looking for employment in Mombasa, he bumped into a group of men who baited him into a lorry.

He claimed that in the vehicle, he found eight other youths who were allegedly sprayed with some substance that made them to lose consciousness, only to find themselves in a dimly lit room in Somalia.

Osman said they stayed in the room for a week before being transferred to an unknown location where they were inducted to an intensive military arts training.

The surrendered man also claimed that they were promised a hefty monthly salary of KES 75 000 though he received his pay for only three months.

 “After the cash source ran dry, I started working on an escape plan and through thick and thin was able to use a speed boat that dropped me in Lamu,’’ he said.

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