Firms, persons placed on terror ‘specified entity’ list

By Zadock Angira
Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Al Shabaab solders. Photo/Courtesy
In summary

Police have identified nine people and three companies – all based in Eastleigh Nairobi - suspected to be involved in terrorism and given them up to Saturday to defend themselves.

The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai on Tuesday placed a notice in the dailies indicating his intention, declared the nine persons and the companies Specified Entity. 

A ‘special entity’ is a person or organisation suspected to have committed, attempted to, or prepared to commit a terrorist act.

Under Section 3 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), the IG is expected to notify the entities of his intention to recommend to the CS Interior, that an order has been made declaring each of the entities named therein a ‘Specified Entity’.

They are expected to demonstrate within seven days why they should not be declared as specified entities.  

The law requires that before the IG makes such recommendations, he must afford the affected entities reasonable opportunity why they should not be considered as terrorist sympathisers.

The suspects are expected to deliver their response to the office of the IG at Jogoo House latest 5pm on March 15. 

The suspects notified are Hamal Adan Ali, Waled Ahmed Zein, Sheikh Guyo Gorsa Boru, Mohammed Abdi Ali aka Abu Fidaa, Nuseiba Mohammed Haji, Abdimajit Adan Hassan, Mohammed Ali Abdi, Muktar Ibrahim Ali, and Mire Abdullahi Elmi. 

The three organisations that have been notified are an M-Pesa agent based in Eastleigh Alasland Agency, Company registration CR/2012/75887 and Climbing Star, another M-Pesa agent selling mobile phones and internet services based at Plot 38 General Waruinge Street in Eastleigh. 

Also notified is Climbing Asho Shop, said to be linked Climbingstar. The order is given when the IG has reasonable grounds.

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