Two in custody as police investigate their Al-Shabaab link

Kemunto came to the limelight following the terror attack at the 14 Riverside complex in Nairobi in which 21 people were killed

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Police in Kisii are interrogating a woman suspected to be Violet Kemunto Omwoyo, an Al-Shabaab fugitive. PHOTO/COURTESY

Police in Kisii county have for the last two weeks been interrogating two women suspected to be Violet Kemunto Omwoyo, an Al-Shabaab fugitive.

In the first incident that took place in Nyangusu, members of the public became suspicious of a man and woman at a bus terminal who were about to board a public service vehicle that was headed to Kisii town, 45km away, and alerted the police.

They told police that they became wary as the two were dressed in Muslim attire, which is not common in the area.

Violet Kemunto. She is believed to be the wife of Ali Gichunge, one of the suspects behind the DusitD2 complex attack in Nairobi on January 15, 2019. PHOTO/COURTESY

Police records indicated that the woman arrested at Nyangusu had travel documents identifying her as Risper Nyamoita Ogwori, who had jetted into the country from Saudi Arabia on March 19, 2019 through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The other suspect identified himself as Richard Michael Tibuka, 38, a Tanzanian but did not provide any documents to the police to prove so.

Kisii County Police Commander Martin Kibet said that the two were arrested and handed over to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU).

“We made the arrests and later the two were handed over to ATPU for further interrogation. What I have noticed is that people here are highly cautious but I ask members of the public not to worry as everything is in control,” he said.

On Saturday, Mr Kibet said the members of the public became highly suspicious after a woman changed into three different hijabs.

They alerted the police who took her into custody.

To date, police believe that Kemunto, also known as Khadija, crossed the border into Somalia after the dusitD2 attack which saw her militant husband Ali Salim Gichunge killed.

Prior to the attack and her subsequent escape, Kemunto had lived in house number E7 in Guango Estate, Kiambu County, with her husband who is believed to have been the mastermind of the attack.