Musharaf Abdalla Akhulunga alias Zarkawi alias Shukri, 31, and Joseph Juma Odhiambo alias Yusuf, 29, were forced to live with relatives at an early age after their fathers rejected them.
After the Having dropped out of school and after joining Madrassa, they later traveled to Nairobi and, as fate would have it, met at Kamiti Maximum Prison after being jailed for terrorist activities in fifth grade school. On the other hand, Odhiambo grew up in Ejinja Village, Matungu Sub-district. The two are second-born children in their respective families.
Akhulunga’s mother, Ms. Zuena Alima, said her son was forced to live with his uncle in Sio Port, Busia County. He later took a madrassa class in Homa Bay before traveling to Muthurwa in Nairobi. She said she found out about her son’s escape from Kamiti from neighbors because she has no phone, radio, or television.
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“I went to a neighbor’s house and watched him get pushed out of the helicopter … It hurt so much to see him being dragged from the helicopter into a waiting vehicle,” she said. < / p>
Akhulunga is reported to have left Muthurwa without telling his mother where he was going.
“It took me almost four months to get in touch again. I found out that he has moved to Watamu, Malindi, ”said Ms. Alima. He later returned home to lead prayers in the Ekero Mosque and conduct Islamic education programs in mosques in Mumias, ”she added.
She later learned that her son was killed after a foiled attack on the Parliament building had been arrested in Nairobi. She described her son as an obedient and disciplined person, despite the difficulties he went through in his childhood.
When she asked her son why he had joined al-Shabaab, he said he wanted something Earning money and supporting the family.
“I visited him four times in Kamiti. I plan to visit him when I get fare to and from Nairobi. I feel so bad that he joined terrorists and criminals who ruined his life, ”Alima said. She added that her son never married and has no child.
“As a mother, I really love my son and don’t want to see him hurt or killed. Let the government spare him so that he can serve his sentence, “she said.
Mr. Peter Odhiambo, the father of convict Odhiambo, sat on a bench in front of his house and had a cup of tea as the Sunday Nation visited him yesterday. At first he was reluctant to give us an interview, but agreed after we had assured him of our intentions. He said he rejected his son after stealing his only cow and six sacks of corn and escaping home.
Odhiambo attended Makhwale Primary through eighth grade in Mumias East, where he got 336 points out of 500 marks in 2008.
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Mr Odhiambo said he had broken away from the mother of his condemned son separated. “My son grew up with his uncles in Makhwale, Mumias East subdistrict, and came back much later,” said Mr Odhiambo.
Mr Julius Odhiambo, to older brother of terrorism Inmate, said his brother dropped out of school after their parents separated.
After a difficult period in his childhood, Odhiambo is said to have gone to live with his mother in Nairobi as a teenager and was considered by a security company Night watchman hired.
“He later told me he had converted to Islam and when he returned home he made such radical claims that the only best life was in heaven. He got married and after having two children he went to Mombasa to study religion.
“He stayed in Mombasa for two years before we learned he was arrested trying to cross the border into Somalia exceed to become the Al. – Shhabaab, “explained Julius.
Ms. Agnes Odhiambo, a younger sister, said,” He was converted to Islam at the Lindi Mosque in Kibera, Nairobi. He told me and our mother that he would do something that would surprise us. “
The family has never visited him in prison, but they say they called. She added that they had spoken two weeks ago when he told her he intended to appeal his case.
“I was surprised to learn that he had escaped . “