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University denies links with terror suspect

28 July 2015, 08:07 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Maseno university has denied links with the madrassa teacher who was arrested on suspicion of recruiting youth into Al Shabaab.

Samuel Wanjala Wabwire alias Salim Mohammed Wabwire had informed a Mombasa court that he was pursuing a degree in Political Science at Maseno university in Kisumu and requested the court to release him on bail to enable him sit for his exams.

State Prosecutor, Eugene Wangila in a sworn affidavit informed court that the accused was a madrassa teacher at Gotani Location in Kilifi County and had used his position to recruit pupils at Gotani primary school into the Al Shabaab.

Wangila said the investigation officer had annexed a letter from Maseno University indicating that the accused had been expelled from Maseno University after he failed appear before the Senate of the University to answer to charges of assault and causing violence.

“The accused is a lair. He does not honor authority and Maseno University has denied that he is a student there,” said Wangila.

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He said the prosecution expressed fears that the lives and education of the children might be tempered with if the accused is released on bail.

Wangila further opposed the release of the accused on bail saying he might interfere with students and observed that some are already defecting.

“The accused lives near the youth whom we suspected he was recruiting into the terror group, which raises alarm over the state of security in the country,” said Wangila.

However, Salim requested the court to provide him with a lawyer and supply him with investigation report and charge sheet.

Chief Magistrate Susan Shitubi said the court cannot appoint a lawyer for the accused, and ordered for the accused to be remanded at Shimo laTewa.

The case will be motioned on August 21 and heard on September 17.

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