By Victor Muyakane
MOMBASA, KENYA, A Madrassa (Islamic religious school) teacher has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after he was found guilty of radicalizing primary school children in Kilifi County, just north of here.
The teacher, Salim Mohammed Wabwire, formerly known as Samuel Wanjala Wabwire, was accused of teaching radical jihadist doctrines to his pupils, with testimony from some of the children revealing that Wabwire taught them that Christians should be killed.
Wabwire was, however, acquitted of charges of being a member of a proscribed group, in this case, the al-Shabaab militant group based in neighbouring Somalia, and recruitment of minors into the al-Shabaab group.
In her judgment here Thursday, Mombasa Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache said she believed that the accused preyed on the pupil’s impressionable minds to impart his ideological beliefs.
The accused is said to have committed the offences on various dates between Jan 8, 2013 and June 19, 2015, at Gotani, Kilifi County, where Wabwire was a primary madrassah school teacher, and an Imam.