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Businessman Rescued From Al Shabaab Was Betrayed By Bodyguards

Businessman Rescued From Al Shabaab Was Betrayed By Bodyguards Businessman Rescued From Al Shabaab Was Betrayed By Bodyguards

A Kenyan man who was rescued from the Al Shabaab militia group, says that it was those entrusted with his security and that of a fellow business woman in Somalia, that sold them out to the kidnappers.

Speaking upon his arrival into the country on Sunday, James Gachamba narrated that while in Somalia he hired private security and was assigned two civilian officers, a Kenyan and Somali national. 

Gachamba said he believed that the two officers, who were known by the Somali Government, were involved with the militants who abducted them.

“The guys who did it were the ones who were trusted for our security but for matters of intelligence I hope to forward that information to the authorities[sic],” he told Citizen TV.

He recalled that while he was being bundled into a car on that fateful day, he inquired from the Kenyan-Somali officer what was happening but  the security agent only told him that all would be well.

"I kept on asking the translator, that Kenyan Somali why are you doing this? What is happening? And he was just saying these guys are just doing their work, they are just communicating with phones and then after that they started their journey. We travelled all night [sic]." Mr Gachamba divulged.

While being received at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), the businessman expressed that the militiamen neither told him nor the Kenyan business woman Loise Kuria, what was going on as they kept shifting location.

“I kept asking them what was happening and they kept telling me I love your money, I just want your dollars,” he said.

Gachamba, who had gone to the war-torn country to sell herbal medicine was kidnapped in November 2014 alongside his fellow Kenyan Ms Kuria.

According to Gachama, they were attacked in Adado town in Central Somalia and driven to Jilib where they kept changing locations, mostly spending in the bushes for the 15 months in abduction.

“We stayed with them, shifting from place to place. We mostly stayed in the bushes and during the rainy season, we stayed in caves,” he narrated.

John Steel, a United Nations (UN) crime official, expressed his mixed reactions over the rescue, confirming that Loise was still in the hands of the suspected militants.

“It was military action by the government that brought about James’ release. They however haven’t released Loise and now we need to find a way of getting out,” he said.

Asked on whether he thought of returning to Somalia, Gachamba stated that he would do anything to save her friend Loise who was still with the abductors.

“The only thing that can ever make me go back to Somalia is if they need any information that will help trace Loice. If they conduct any rescue operation, I will go there myself,” he offered.

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