Matiang’i names nine Kenyans allegedly funding terrorists, orders accounts to be frozen

Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang'i. []

The government through the Interior Ministry has ordered for the freezing of accounts for nine Kenyans alleged to be financial terrorists.

In a statement on Wednesday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i said they will not relent in the fight against terrorism.

“I order the freezing of funds and property of the following individuals and entities,” he stated while naming them.

The nine are Halima Ali, Waleed Zein, Sheikh Boru, Mohammed Ali, Nuseiba Haji, Abdimajit Hassan, Mohammed Ali Abdi, Muktar Ali and Mire Elmi.

Matiang’i added that: “Terrorism knows no bounds. We shall neither surrender into the hands of terrorism nor play into the narrative propounded by terrorists.

“The only way to deny terrorists the means to threaten our way of life is to choke their facilitation networks, and this is why I have published the foregoing list so that they can no longer finance Al-Shabaab’s operations within our borders.”

The decision to freeze these accounts for the alleged financiers was arrived at in February this year during the Counter Financing of Terrorism Inter-Ministerial Committee meeting held on February 5, 2020.

For the last seven years, Kenya has been a soft target for well-orchestrated terror attacks, most of which have been thwarted.

In 2019, Al-Shabaab insurgents stormed the DusitD2 Hotel Complex in Riverside, Nairobi and killed several Kenyans.

In 2015, Al-Shabaab killed 147 students at Garissa University.

Security analyst quip that these attacks are retaliatory since Kenya sent her troops to Somalia in 2010.