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Kenya clears Dahabshiil on terror support

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The Kenyan government has given money-transfer and remittance company Dahabshiil a clean bill of health.

Issued in the Kenya Gazette, Dahabshiil Kenya has officially been removed from the government’s list, published earlier this year, of people and businesses who were to be investigated in order to ensure they had no links to terrorist groups or activities.

 According to a release by the Africa Press Organisation (APO), the Cabinet Secretary for the Interior and the Co-ordination of National Government Joseph Ole Nkaissery confirmed that Dahabshiil Kenya has shown cause why it should not be listed as a specified entity, as it abides by all stipulated conditions for licensed remittance providers active in Kenya.

 ‘The authorities have now completed a comprehensive review of Dahabshiil Kenya’s operations, policies and practices. They are satisfied that the company complies fully with the law, and operates strict anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing practices,’ the release states.

“The formal delisting absolutely clears Dahabshiil Kenya of any wrongdoing. The Kenyan authorities are fully satisfied that Dahabshiil Kenya has no involvement whatsoever with the funding of terrorist organisations and complies fully with all international regulations and industry best practice.

“The Dahabshiil network operates in 126 countries, including Kenya, the UK and the USA, and we respect and comply with the laws of each and every country. Our services provide a vital lifeline for people to feed, educate and otherwise help their families and loved ones, and to run businesses, thus creating jobs,” the Chief Executive Officer of Dahabshiil Group, Abdirashid Duale, said.

The delisting follows the Central Bank of Kenya’s move to lift the suspension on Dahabshiil Kenya in June after it had suspended the operations of all licensed remittance providers on April 7, 2015.

According to the release Dahabshiil makes significant contributions to the Kenyan economy; it helps create hundreds of thousands of jobs, either by providing direct employment, or by enabling the transfer of investment funds, which creates more jobs, and further helps reduce poverty.

Dahabshiil also supports communities in the countries it serves, including Kenya and it invests 10% of its profits in humanitarian and community regeneration projects, including building schools, hospitals, and providing safe drinking water, the release adds. 

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