close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Kenya shuts 510 NGOs, some for `terrorism financing`

Kenya on Tuesday closed over 500 non-governmental organisations, including 15 for alleged fundraising for terrorism, as part of a security crackdown following repeated attacks.



Nairobi: Kenya on Tuesday closed over 500 non-governmental organisations, including 15 for alleged fundraising for terrorism, as part of a security crackdown following repeated attacks.

The government`s non-governmental organisation (NGO) coordination board said in a statement it had "de-registered 510 organisations for non-compliance with the law", with some using their charitable status as a front for raising cash for terrorism.

"Some NGOs have been and continue to be used for criminal activities, including as conduits of terrorism financing in Kenya and in the Horn of Africa," the statement read, which did not specify the names of such groups.

From the names of 510 listed, many appeared to be aid agencies and charities, with many closed for failing to provide financial audit returns.

Several appeared to be Christian organisations, orphanages, or organisations working in health and development.

"The board has with immediate effect de-registered these organisations, frozen their bank accounts and forwarded information on them to relevant government security agencies for immediate action," it said.

Kenya`s government has been under fire since last year`s attack by Somalia`s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, in which at least 67 people were killed.

Earlier this month Kenya`s interior minister and police chief were removed from their posts after the Shebab carried out massacres in the northeast of the country.

The organisations were identified "in collaboration with security agencies both locally and internationally", the statement added, without giving further details.

Assets seized would be redistributed to credible organisations working in the same areas, it said.

Kenyan lawmakers are currently deliberating proposals to boost security laws, criticised by some as being too tough and restricting freedoms.

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

K8 Plus: Lenovo's new phone available @ Rs 10,999

Heavy security outside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa as search operation begins

WATCH Exclusive: After Doklam standoff, India begins road construction near LAC

Hurricane Irma, rampaging through Caribbean, is most enduring super-storm on record

Three train derailments in 1 day, fourth accident narrowly-averted

China says Indian Army chief's views contrary to those expressed by Modi, Xi