The Kenyan government has in the past two years placed a huge bounty in the tune of KSH 100 million on 35 terrors suspects operating both in Kenya and neighboring Somalia. The bounty money has been put up as a reward for information that would lead to the arrest of members of the Al Shabaab.
The bounty was initiated after Kenyan security officers realized that it was paying off seeing as some of the most dangerous terrorists have been arrested after their mugshot and a bounty reward was circulated in the media and internet.
Some of the terror suspects on the list have been placed on the most wanted list by both Kenya and the United States. Kenyan born Ahmed Iman Ali aka Abu Zinira, who is believed to lead between 300 to 500 Kenyan fighters in Jaysh Ayman unit is a terrorist leader with a Sh2 million bounty on his head.
There is another US $ 3million reward by the US government. The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), an Engineering graduate, is accused of spearheading successful recruitment of youth into the militia group. Imam, the former head of the Pumwani Riyadh Mosque committee and Muslim Youth Council (MYC) is believed to be running businesses including boutiques and kiosks in Gikomba Market whose proceeds continue funding terrorist activities.
The terror suspects that make the most wanted lists have been accused of grave crimes like recruitment of youths into the terror organization, kidnapping, and human trafficking, beheadings as well as orchestrating violent attacks like Mpeketoni, Garissa University among others both in Kenya and Somalia.
The terrorists on the most wanted list hail from different parts of the country and have ascended the ranks in al Shabaab gaining accolades from the native fighters for the heinousness, violence, and commitment to the cause.