3 el­ders ar­rested for aid­ing ter­ror sus­pect

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY FRED MUKINDA

Three el­derly men are be­ing held by po­lice on sus­pi­cion they helped ter­ror sus­pects sneak into the coun­try with the aim of car­ry­ing out at­tacks.

Mr Ab­dis­alaw Ab­dul­lahi Idiwo, Mr Roble Abdi Hus­sein and Mr Bule Ab­dul­lahi Gedi, were charged in court yes­ter­day.

The el­ders, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, took ad­van­tage of their po­si­tions in a coun­cil of el­ders in Garissa to vouch for an Ethiopian na­tional, who has since been ar­rested over ter­ror­ist links.

“The el­ders con­nived with the for­eign­ers to mis­lead the vet­ting com­mit­tee on their cit­i­zen­ship, con­trary to their obli­ga­tion of right­fully in­form­ing the vet­ting com­mit­tee on the na­tives of the re­gion. They used a fake name, Mo­hamed Abdi Aden, to ac­quire an ID for the Ethiopian,” says the re­port.

Kenya’s ad­min­is­tra­tion at the grass­roots, par­tic­u­larly in border lo­ca­tions, de­pends on el­ders for cred­i­ble iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of youth seek­ing iden­tity pa­pers.

How­ever, cor­rupt govern­ment of­fi­cials have been col­lud­ing with un­scrupu­lous el­ders to help for­eign­ers ac­quire Kenyan iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments.

“Cases have been re­ported of govern­ment staff re­spon­si­ble for is­su­ing th­ese doc­u­ments ei­ther en­gag­ing them­selves in the crime for mone­tary gains, or not ap­ply­ing due dili­gence in dis­charg­ing their du­ties. Po­lice are warn­ing that any­one in­volved in il­le­gally is­su­ing doc­u­ments to aliens will be dealt with the full force of the law,” says the po­lice re­port.

The el­ders were ar­rested in Me­d­ina, Garissa County. In­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed the il­le­gal ID card was is­sued in March, 2012.

Af­ter ar­rest, the sus­pect was found with bomb-mak­ing ma­te­rial. Upon in­ter­ro­ga­tion po­lice es­tab­lished he was on a mis­sion to carry out an at­tack in Nairobi.

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