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UoN VC to be grilled over reports that students are on Al Shabaab payroll

01 July 2015, 08:13 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The National Assembly Education committee is set to summon the University of Nairobi (UoN) Vice Chancellor, Peter Mbithi over police reports that students are on payroll of terror groups including Al Shabaab.

The committee chair, Julius Melly said police reports linking UoN students to terror groups is “a serious claim” and Mbithi has to shed some light to the committee.

“We are soon summoning the University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor to explain to us if he is aware of students being recruited and on payroll of terror groups. These terror groups are mostly targeting university students and the police report cannot be taken lightly,” said Melly.

Melly added that the reports should not be taken for granted and cited the Garissa University College terror attack where a former UoN Law student masterminded Al Shabaab attack that left 148 people dead, mostly students.   

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Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi also responding to the reports said his ministry had not received any claims linking students to terrorists, but promised to look into the matter deeply.

“Terrorism activities have been a threat to the education sector and we have to inquire to establish the truth of the police reports. We cannot move quickly to take disciplinary action against students such as expulsion based on mere speculations because it is denying them their constitutional right to education,” said Kaimenyi.   

The National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) director, Isaac Ochieng who spoke at UoN Taifa Hall on Monday shocked the audience including the varsity’s administration and students when he revealed that some students were being paid by members of Islamic State and Al Shabaab.

Ochieng maintained that the police had “serious evidence some students are on the payroll” of two terror groups mostly within Nairobi and called on responsible students to surrender.

Ochieng was addressing a forum on countering violent extremism organized by the University and Interior Ministry where the ministry’s Principal Secretary, Monica Juma and the varsity’s VC, Mbithi were also present.

Mbithi did not comment on the claims.

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