JOHANNESBURG, September 20 – Kenya’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) has warned of terrorism threats facing the East African country from Al Shabaab cells in Somalia, and the Islamic State (IS) that operates in Puntland, Libya, Syria and Iraq, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported on Wednesday.
In the report, presented during the induction of MPs Wednesday, NIS Deputy Assistant Director Alexander Muteshi said that the threat remains high in border counties of Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Lamu.
Al Shabaab has carried out numerous attacks in both Kenya and Somalia, targeting security forces and civilians, leaving hundreds dead and many more wounded.
But as Kenya continues to face insecurity and violence from Islamic militants, threats of more unrest from the nullified August elections are also exacerbating tensions in the country.
Two dozen people were killed in post-election violence as protests broke out across the country.
Kenya’s Supreme Court ordered a rerun of the elections on October 17 on the basis of rigging allegations.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who lost to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, has been mobilising his supporters warning that he will not participate in the rerun unless there is reform of the electoral commission.
And it now appears that there have been attempts to intimidate Kenya’s Supreme Court judges, the nation’s judiciary said on Tuesday.
Chief Justice David Maraga said that demonstrations outside the court were clearly intended to intimidate the judiciary and individual judges as supporters of Odinga’s Jubilee Party burned tyres and blocked a major highway in the capital Nairobi.
Kenya’s police chief Joseph Boinnet has repeatedly ignored calls by the judiciary to act on the threats, Maraga said.
Police spokesman George Kinoti called that accusation “not true,” saying they have provided protection to all judges at their homes and workplaces.
The court is expected to read its full decision on electoral irregularities on Wednesday.