Security agents have abducted Amani Mohammed Mwafujo, minutes after his release from Shimo La Tewa Maximum Prison, where he was remanded in 2016, his family has said.

On March 17, 2022, Kwale Law Court acquitted Mwafujo of 10 terror-related charges and ordered his release, which was delayed until March 21 at 10 am.

Mwafujo, aged 34, denied all the counts, including six on possession of articles for use to commit a terrorist act and being a member of Al Shabaab, his lawyer Chacha Mwita said. Three other charges involved collecting information for use to commit terrorist acts.

Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) officers had arrested Mwafujo on October 24, 2016, at Tawheed secondary school, Kwale, his sister Ramla Mohamed said. He worked as a teacher.

Mwita said the investigating officer did not testify and refused to respond to court summons, resulting in a warrant of arrest against him.

“His non-attendance was among the reasons the prosecution failed,” Chacha said.

Mwafujo’s sister, Ramla Mohamed (left), at MUHURI legal-aid clinic on March 21, 2022. Photo: Ernest Cornel.

Kwale Law Court acquitted Amani Mohammed Mwafujo on March 17, 2022.

Mwafujo gave his defence testimony on June 7, 2018, Chacha said, and the judgment remained pending until March 17 when Senior Principal Magistrate Joe Omido delivered it virtually.

Mwafunjo was in the company of Ramla when the abduction occurred at Shanzu stage, the sister said.

She said the armed officers with a Landcruiser and a Toyota Probox pulled Mwafujo from a matatu he had boarded. They bundled him into a Landcruiser and sped off, she added.

This is the second abduction MUHURI has recorded this year involving terror suspects who are undergoing or have completed the trial process.

On February 4, 2022, security agents abducted Nassoro Mohamed Ali, 43, from his home in Mtwapa, Kilifi. Ali faced a charge of being an Al Shabaab member. The case is still active, but his whereabouts are unknown.