Lamu, KENYA: Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa has said he is aware of suspicious charity organizations that recruit street children on pretext of helping them, but instead train them with an intention to have them join terror groups.
Marwa said the government had already launched investigations into such organizations in Lamu,Malindi,Mombasa and Kwale and that drastic legal measures will be taken against those involved.
Speaking in Witu-Lamu on Teusday,Marwa said investigations have revealed that some NGOs at the coast were operating terror-linked cartels; from where they recruit unsuspecting underprivileged youths and street urchins; then train them on terror activities.
He said the targeted age group was between 20 to 26 years and that in recent times the trend had risen greatly.
Marwa said the youth are coerced into joining and accepting the ‘help’ without knowing the real deal and are later on transported to Nairobi and other towns from where they receive the ‘training’.
“We are aware and we are already deep with our investigations and very soon we shall have them brought to book.We won’t allow few people to take advantage of the desperate and poor people in the society and put the country’s security at risk,” said Marwa.
He warned the youth at the coast against joining criminal gangs saying the government shall not spare any individual that deliberately disrupts security.
Marwa said his office was also aware of youth who were posing as fishermen and spending considerable amounts of time at sea; when their real intention was to cross over to Somali and join terror groups.