Police are holding a Parliamentary staff after he was named in an intelligence report that he planned to facilitate attacks on the National Assembly.
The suspect, Ali Abdulmajid, is the vice-chairperson of the management committee of the Pumwani Riyadh mosque that has in the past been accused of financing terror activities.
Abdulmajid who has been the vice- chairman of the mosque since 2009 was arrested at midnight on Sunday and booked at Kilimani Police Station. His family said the officers from CID and Anti-Terror Unit wanted to clarify with him a number of issues.
He was picked up by officers from Central police station and was being grilled on Monday. â€œThe officers want to confirm a number of issues. We donâ€™t want to take chances,â€ said a senior officer at the Central police station, who asked not to be named.
Abdulmajid who has worked with Parliament for nearly ten years was previously named in the 2011 UN Monitoring Group on Eritrea and Somalia as being linked to terror activities.
He subsequently wrote to the police chief asking him to investigate the UN Monitoring Report so that his name could be cleared as he denied the allegations.
â€œWe have opened our doors to the police to come and investigate the mosque or any of our members.Â We have nothing to hide and we donâ€™t support terrorists or terror activities,â€ an official of the mosque who requested not to be named said.
His arrest came after police revealed Al-Shabaab terroristsâ€™ plan to plant bombs in Parliament Buildings as part of high scale attacks.
â€œThe terror group plans to use an operative (Abdulmajid) who is affiliated to the popular Pumwani Riyadh Mosque who is also a staff member at the Senate to actualise the attack.â€