Play stations, video dens new Al shabaab recruitment centers
19 August 2016, 12:10
Isiolo - Isiolo County Commissioner, George Natembeya has described some play stations and video dens in the area as Al Shabaab recruitment sites.
Natembeya, who was speaking after holding a security meeting with stakeholders including Imams and the County Government officials in the Tuloroba suburb of Isiolo town, said suspicious activities take place in the play station and video den and hence the need to regulate them.
He called on the County Assembly to enact a law to regulate their registration and operating time.
“There is no law regulating the registration of play stations and video dens in the County and you find that they operate up to odd hours and in residential areas creating a good environment for recruitment into extremist groups,” said the County Commissioner.
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He said the meeting was necessitated by the high number of youth from Tuloroba suburb who have been recruited into Al Shabaab in the recent past, with six of them having departed for Somalia last week.
“There are 19 cases of youths who have joined extremist groups but there are many others who have not been officially reported though we know they have disappeared from their homes and are in Somalia or on their way there,” he said.
Natembeya rubbished claims that youths are joining extremist groups due to unemployment, arguing that Tuloroba is a high end estate and hence such claims do not add up.
The County commissioner further disclosed that the police are investigating a case of a suspected fundamentalist from Kwale County who is teaching children to recite the Koran in a Madrassa yet he is not allowed to preach in the mosques.
“It is rather odd to see the community entrusting their children with a stranger whom they are not ready to listen to in the mosques. We are investigating because something sinister could be happening in those Madrassas,” he disclosed.
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