When comrades turn to terror: Worrying trend of student recruits

Violet Kemunto [Photo: Courtesy]

Violet Kemunto, a 2015 graduate from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology was married to the slain terrorist Ali Salim Gichunge.

She has been implicated in the 14 Riverside Drive complex attack which claimed 21 lives and left dozens of causalities.

Abdirahim Abdullahi, a lawyer from University of Nairobi was part of the four men who stormed Garissa University College in 2015.

Abdullahi, a son of a chief in Mandera County, took part in an attack that left 142 students, three police officers and three soldiers dead.

 According to the then Interior Ministry Spokesman Mwenda Njoka, Abdullahi was described by a person who knows him better as a brilliant upcoming lawyer and he scored an A- grade in Kenya Certi?cate of

Secondary Examinations (KCSE) in 2007. He studied at Wamy High School, Nairobi. In 2016, two interns at Malindi General Hospital, Abdulrazak Abdinuur and Mohamed Shukri, who were studying at Saratov State Medical University in Russia were arrested by Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) on suspicion of having terrorist links.

In the same hospital, four other medical interns:  Maryam Said, Khadija Abdulkadir, Ummul Khayr all Kenyan and Sadir Abdalla from Tanzania, in 2015 were arrested for allegedly planning to join Islamic State (Isis).

And in Nairobi, in February 2016, ATPU arrested Hassanaen Ahmed, a student of University of Nairobi majoring in Biochemistry who was reportedly leaving the country for Libya to join Isis.

Elsewhere, according to prosecution in the same year at Kenyatta University, Gloria Kavaya who studied Microbiology disappeared from school, changed her name and was arrested as she made her way to Syria.

In May 2016 at Wote Hospital in Makueni, Mohamed Abdi, a medical intern and a student at the Kampala International University was among three suspects arrested for involvement in a terror plot in the country though police foiled it.

His wife Nuseiba Mohammed, whom police identi?ed as an accomplice and student at Kampala International University, was arrested a few days later by Ugandan Police as she tried to flee the country together with another Kenyan female.