Political leaders from northern Kenya on Monday vowed to compile a list of suspected terrorists behind a spate of attacks across the East African nation within a month.
The political leaders from three counties of Mandera, Garissa and Wajir, which have suffered terror attacks in the recent past including the massacre of 148 students last week promised to release the names of radicalized youths suspected to be members of the Al-shabaab militant group, their financiers and those supporting terrorism activities in the country.
“We must tell the truth, that the radicalization and training of these terrorists is not done in the bush, it is done in some mosques with the help of some rogue imams. We must ask where the political leaders are when this is happening,” Government’s Majority Leader Adan Dusale told journalists in Nairobi.
The political leaders who included lawmakers and governors said that some mosques have been used as places of radicalization.
They said they will also legislate the setting up of security centers at the headquarters of the three counties through which informers will be able to identify, document, and expose financiers and sympathizers of militants in the next one month.
The leaders in the joint address termed the attack as having been carried out by “demented demons” and distanced the religion of Islam from the incident.
The leaders also said they will soon come up with a strategy to win youths from radicalisation and said they would be using a coordinated anti-Al-Shabaab campaign through the media.
They promised to carry out investigations into everyone involved in the running of the said mosques and other institution of learning Islam so as to weed out those who radicalize the youth.
“We will immediately review all personalities and institutions involved in religious activities, including mosques and institutions of learning,” said he, adding that they will mobilize their constituents within a week to compile and submit details of suspects with government agencies validating the information to guard against any victimization.
This they said will go a long way into fighting terrorism in the country and also supported a move to redeploy Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) into all regions of the Kenya, Somalia porous border to prevent the incursion of the militants into the country.
The leaders also said they will push for the full implementation of the community policing initiative meant to act as a community policing strategy.
“We recognize the reality of collaborators amongst our communities, and we will immediately commence to identify, document and expose all the members, financiers and sympathisers of Al-Shabaab within the next one month,” said Majority Leader Aden Duale.
Duale added that they had been doing the same at individual level but have now realized that the magnitude of the situations requires them to put more effort in exposing those involved in terrorism activities. Enditem