The Kenyan government recently announced that 30 of 86 Al Shabaab financiers and/or supporters whose bank accounts were frozen by the Kenyan government are sugar smuggler barons.

According to the government, the smuggling of sugar from Somalia into Kenya finances terrorism:

“Most of the smuggled sugar enters the country from areas controlled by al Shabaab in Somalia. The sugar barons pay illegal levies (or protection fees) to al Shabaab, who in turn uses the proceeds to fund terrorist activities/operations. Many others are being pursued and will soon face the full force of the law as the country’s security agencies zero in on them in a concerted effort to rid the country of the al Shabaab menace.”


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