National Assembly speaker Justine Muturi has slammed the US accusing the superpower of rejecting a bid to declare al Shabaab a terror group.
According to Muturi, the move by Americans serves to embolden the group to the extent of making them considered for financial assistance by foreign organizations.
“I have in my mind the recent decision by the US to refuse to declare Al Shabaab a terrorist group. This ensures the group becomes a recipient of financing even by taxpayers, ” Muturi said.
“The glorified terrorist groups like the al Shabaab in Somalia enjoy protection by some superpowers through civil society groups in the guise of human rights activists. This trend is unfortunate and has the potential of watering down all the gains made in the fight against terrorist groupings.”
The assertion was however immediately discounted by US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter who said the US government has never failed to declare and categorise the Somalia militants as a terror grouping.
According to McCarter, the US supported the United Nations resolution No. 751 which declare al Shabaab a terrorist group, denying allegations made by the Speaker.