Robbery with violence costs Muslim cleric life in jail

He robbed a woman of a bag with Sh60,000

In Summary
  • The father of eight committed the offence near the Anisa mosque in Lamu island 
  • He said in mitigation that he was unfairly targeted


A Lamu Islamic religious teacher will spend the rest of his life in prison for robbery with violence.

Ustadh Abdulrahman Mohamed Bwanaheri was convicted of attacking, injuring and robbing Mwanaidha Bakuri Saburi of her handbag and valuables worth Sh125,000 on March 12, 2018, near Anisa mosque.

The valuables included Sh60,000.

Lamu resident magistrate Allan Temba told the 62-year-old father of eight before sentencing him on Tuesday: “You have been found guilty for robbery with violence. This court sentences you to life imprisonment."

Bwanaheri said in mitigation that he had been unfairly targeted. "I will serve the life sentence but I leave it all to Allah.”