The allure of government jobs after amnesty promised to youths who voluntarily defected from Somali based terror organization Al-Shabaab may have forced several youths to risk their reputation in exchange for government employment.
Most of the youths who allegedly ‘surrendered’ a few months ago were found to have not joined the terror group, leave alone get into Somalia.
While the amnesty programme has been steeped in secrecy and opaqueness, it is now emerging that anti-terror police got increasingly frustrated as most of the youths had no idea about the operations of the somali based terror group.
Some who claimed to have participated in various attacks could not even cork guns or detonate explosives. With threats of prosecution, many revealed they had never been members of the terror group but heeded to the government call to get jobs promised to the real defectors.
The most affected group are youths from Central Kenya, Kajiado and Nairobi Counties.