20th November 2015, Though Al Shabaab militant group remains a major security threat to Kenya, the government has over past couple of months put stringent security measures across the country. Kenyan security agencies (Military, Police Service, Intelligence Service) have been working closely in making sure the country is safe.
Al Shabaab militant group on the other hand has suffered continuous blows. The militant group has been dislodged in various towns and locality across Somalia; hundreds of its fighters have on the other hand been killed by SNA and AMISOM forces.
The Al Qaeda affiliated branch in Somalia is yet faced with another challenge of rivalry with Islamic State faction where some of its fighters have shifted allegiance.
According intelligence reports, youths who join Al Shabaab are usually promised a good lifestyle and good pay but once they cross over to Somalia, things turns against them.
Hundreds of youths continue to defect from the Somali based jihadist group and returning home. Interior Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery said the country is ready to absorb and integrate them back to the society.
Kenyan government announced amnesty offer to Al Shabaab youths in Somalia who want to surrender to the government and since then more than 700 militants have defected and denounced the militant group.
Returnees who have narrated the ordeals they went through while in the terrorist camps are shocking. The military are first indoctrinated with radical extreme teaching and then receive military training before assigned on different missions.
The ideologies and teachings of terrorists brainwash the newly recruits apart from being lured with good package, they also secure a place in paradise if they die fighting (as martyrs) that the doctrine.
Learning of being fooled many have managed to escape though some defectors are in hiding for fear of reprisals, especially at the Coast, Nairobi and North Eastern.
The government through Interior CS Nkaissery urged Kenyan youth still fighting alongside terror groups planning attacks to denounce violence and preach peace.