Kenya's govt extends amnesty to radical youth
31 August 2015, 21:35
Mombasa - The Kenyan government on
Saturday extended an amnesty to radical youth who joined Somalia-based militant
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, who did not
provide the duration of amnesty, instructed security agencies not to harass the
youth willing to abandon the militant group which has waged a series of attacks
in the East African nation.
"I have instructed security agents not to harass the
youth willing to surrender. They should be rehabilitated and allowed to
interact with community," Nkaissery told journalists in Mombasa.
The amnesty is among various measures the government has
devised to address growing terror threats in the country
Nkaissery said substantial number of Al-Shabaab returnees
have surrendered since the government announced the amnesty in April after the
Garissa University attack that claimed 148 lives.
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He said the youth who joined the terror group for training
and wish to disassociate themselves with terrorism should report to the
government offices. The government said those who surrender themselves to the
government will be treated in dignified manner.
Nkaisery has also ordered the investigation over alleged
forceful disappearance of Kenyan youth, especially in the coastal city of
Mombasa, linked to the terrorism group.
According to security agents, over 200 youth alleged to have
links to Al-Shabaab cannot be traced. The youth were arrested when police
raided the Minaa, Swafaa, Musa and Sakina mosques in September 2014 in an anti-terrorism
Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa confirmed that some
of the youth were missing. The parents have accused security agents of being
behind the alleged extrajudicial killings of youths.
Nkaissery said a team has been appointed to investigate the
"We want to get to the bottom of these allegations and
I have directed the security agents to investigate the allegations and tell
Kenyans the truth," said Nkaissery. Enditem