SHEIKH Abubakar Sharif alias Makaburi, who has been linked to the late controversial Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo has said the government wants to execute him over the Westgate terror attack.
Rumours that Makaburi and his allies were shot dead by police on Thursday night were rife on social media networks yesterday. Riots were reported in Kisauni and Majengo after youths blocked sections of the roads in protest.
"I heard news that I had been killed and my burial was supposed to be at 10 am, but these are just rumors. I don't know who has started them. I suspect it is the police because they want to kill me. I urge the youth to remain calm," Makaburi said.
He said his life is in danger after the US blacklisted him and a Garissa-based NGO. Makaburi said his assets were frozen, four days after the attack that led to the death of more than 100 people. Speaking to the press yesterday Makaburi said the move is a plot by government security agents and foreign countries to execute him as they did his friend, Sheikh Rogo
Makaburi denied the claims the he was involved in the attack. "I cannot comment about something I am not aware of. It is possible the government wants to frame me. They have done this before, but I am innocent," he said.
He said Rogo was killed on August 27 last year barely a month after the US government froze Rogo's, businessman Omar Awadh Omar's and Makaburi's assets on suspicion of involvement with terror group. He accused the FBI of planning the assassination of several Muslim clerics.
Makaburi is facing terror charges. He was arrested after a grenade attack on a Kampala-bound bus in Nairobi in 2010. The government never presented any evidence it had against him. "I urge the government not follow the US and Israel blindly in violating Muslim rights through extral judicial killing of suspects. It is contrary to the new constitution," he said
Makaburi is also facing three charges of incitement charges in connection with the chaos that followed Rogo's murder last year. Several churches were burned and police officers attacked during the riots
Rogo's wife, Haniya Saida Saggar, yesterday said her son is well and dispelled rumours that he had been murdered.
Speaking to the Star on the phone Haniya however said she has been concerned about her family's safety since her husband was killed over allegations that he was funding and supporting al Shabaab ideologies in the country.
Regional police coordinator Aggrey Adoli has dismissed their claims.He said they are "pure propaganda". Adoli said they should report the matter to the police for investigation instead of discrediting the entire police force.