The other counties classified as breeding grounds for terrorists are Bungoma and Kakamega, also in western Kenya, where groups like Al-Shabaab are supposed to radicalize the youth.
Other low key areas listed as recruiting are hotspots are Siaya, Nakuru, Kisumu, Vihiga, Homa Bay, Kisii, Migori and Nyamira, which is cause for concern among the authorities.
The results, which are presented in the report “Emerging trends on counter-violent extremism in Western Kenya 2021 “came from a study carried out between February 2020 and March 2021.
The report shows that terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab have changed their tactics and are moving into new regions outside the traditional coastal, Recruiting northeast and Nairobi areas.
Siaya is slowly becoming a major problem for the authorities due to its location as a transit point on the way to the Ugandan border.
“Some of these people have been en recruited from Bondo and Nyadorera and brought to Mombasa, while others from Kisumu to Mu mias. This led to the conclusion that counties in the west are not immune to terrorism, ”said Dr. Tom Mboya, lecturer at Maseno University who conducted the research.
The report was presented at a forum in Kisumu on preventing and countering violent extremism in western Kenya. Participants included Magu Mutindika, Nyanza Regional Commissioner, Josephine Ouko, Kisumu District Commissioner, and Njenga Miiri, Secretary for Prevention and Resilience at the National Counter Terrorism Center.
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It was launched by Champions of Peace and other organizations.
The report also identifies poverty and unemployment as the main reasons for recruiting young people for violent extremism.
About 19.8 percent of people believe in a better life instead of continuing to live in abject poverty.
“Most recruits say in Swahili, ‘Heri maisha fupi matamu kuliko maisha marefu ya dhiki na shida ‘ (Better a short happy life than a long life in poverty and drudgery), “said Dr. Mboya.
Some young people, he said, become up to Sh100,000 terrorist groups.
A lack of trust between the community and the police also contributes to this, as does access to the internet. suspending young people, o terrorist activities.
The terrorist networks “Islamic State” and “Al-Shabaab” have expanded their recruiting activities to western Kenya, the gateway to Uganda and other East African nations, which are constantly threatened by attack.
Dr. Mboya made the shocking revelation that about 11 percent of young people have no problem with people their age joining terrorist groups.
While 55 percent do not support this (joining terrorist groups) and the authorities over any recruit Concerning are the five percent the report reveals who would support a decision by potential youths to be recruited into Al-Shabaab and the six percent who just look up and don’t bother people, “he said.
Mr Elly Opondo, Head of Programs for Champions of Peace, said that the major challenges young people face need to be addressed.
Exploiting the weaknesses
“Terrorist groups are exploiting the vulnerability of young people in high schools and universities. For this reason we train chiefs, their assistants, teachers and the community to recognize suspicious characters and prevent attacks, ”he said.
Mr. Mutindika, the Nyanza regional commissioner, asked chiefs, local councils and members of the Peace Committee are said to be the community’s watchdogs and to report the activities of suspected terrorist groups to the relevant authorities.
“Kenya has become a prime target for terrorists. These young people, if not treated properly, could fall into the wrong hands and so we need to be vigilant, ”he said.
Ms. Ouko, the Kisumu District Commissioner, said the community is one today Mixture of locals and foreigners who work here professionally or professionally, and who urge individuals to take their safety seriously.
“Foreigners live among us who work as domestic helpers, security guards or simply neighbors in our houses we are vulnerable. Everyone should start telling each other that security starts with the individual, ”she said.