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3 WFP trucks impounded 'ferrying food' to Shabaab forces in Somalia

02 February 2016, 22:43

Nairobi - The government has impounded three World Food Programme trucks for allegedly ferrying food to Al-Shabaab militants.

Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia made the allegation in a report on The Star.

Speaking in his office on Tuesday, Shisia said the trucks, destined for Dholo in Somalia, were suspected to be carrying food and other items for the terror group.

“We have stopped transiting of WFP consignment because of allegations that there was a meeting between the community and the Somalia government to the effect that Al-Shabaab be allowed to pick up food and other logistical arrangements undeterred,” he said.

He said the government was not willing to allow Al-Shabaab to replenish their supplies and then turn on Kenya, threatening its security and people.

“We need an explanation from WFP as to who is the sole beneficiary of the food programme before we allow it to get into Somalia,” Shisia added.

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According to the Daily Nation, Shisia said that the WFP was doing a good job but their arrangements on the ground are not clear and it is suspected the NGO could be feeding the government’s enemy.

“We will not allow or assist anybody from our end if those benefiting from the food programme are militants who later turn against our country,” said Mr Shisia.

He said a fourth truck, ferrying a Toyota Land Cruiser, was allowed to proceed into Somalia but the other three vehicles were held with an unknown quantity of what is said to be food on Saturday.

He said a message wanting NGOs out of Mandera was released on Sunday, when the terror group reportedly dispatched fighters to obtain the trucks and carry out attacks in Mandera.

"These are antics of al Shabaab. We appeal to NGOs to confirm the authenticity of such messages with us before taking any action,” he said.

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