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Balala speaks out on Shabaab funds

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Cabinet minister Najib Balala and nominated MP Amina Abdalla on Friday reacted to a United Nations report naming them among Kenyans whose donations had been funnelled to the Somali terrorist group Al Shaabab.Mr Balala denied knowingly funding the activities of the terrorist group but maintained that he would continue supporting Islamic activities.The report of the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea prepared for the Security Council exposes in great detail the activties of the terrorist group and its links with governments, businesses and individuals across the region.Respopnsding to questions, Mr Balala admitted that he attended a fundraiser for a mosque described by the UN report as the nerve centre of the terror group’s activities in Kenya.“I have never funded al Shabaab. I don’t approve of their activities and I have never supported fundamentalism,” Mr Balala said.“I have been at the forefront in condemning the recruitment of young men to al Shabaab.

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