I am al shabaab,I threw the 2 grenades in Nairobi-Elgiva Bwire
It is rare for a suspect to plead guilty to 9 counts of serious crime. It is also the first time we have seen police arrest a suspect less than 24 hours after the grenade attack and produce him in court.
To many of us we have always assumed that an al shabaab militia is a Somali probably hooded-we were not prepared for Elgiva Bwire from Kakamega.
The self-confessed terrorists who was arrested on Tuesday night in Kayole pleaded guilty to nine counts of possession of firearms without a certificate, causing grievous harm and engaging in an outlawed criminal activity.
He faced another count of engaging in an organized criminal activity by being a member of the al Shaabab group an outlawed organized criminal assemblage as gazetted in the Kenya gazette.
Bwire also known as Mohammed Seif admitted to being in possession of an AK 47, a sub machine gun two revolvers, thirteen live hand grenades seven hundred and seventeen assorted ammunition without a firearm certificate at kwa James building in Kayole phase 1 within Nairobi.
Bwire appeared in court calm,chatting with policemen who escorted him to the dock. He didn’t look anxious for a man who faces charges that may send him to life in prison.
A new muslim convert who was described by an Imam at a Kayole mosque as very quiet had no so quiet impact when he detonated the two grenades.In the wake of the attacks he left the Nation worried for two days after throwing grenades at Mwauras pub and a crowded bus stop killing one.
If indeed Bwire is the head of one of the al shabaab cells(there has been no al shabbab claim to the attacks) in Nairobi then the police must be congratulated for a job well done. But the raid and arrest followed by the arraignment in court in record time does not seem as the pace of Kenya police.
We will not doubt the police but we must follow this case to the very end,and if convicted follow Bwire to prison to make sure he doesn’t mysteriously leave prison after a few months.
But police has been able to cool down the panic that had gripped a nation in hours.