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.
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
“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 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
“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.
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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