By Mohamed Hussein
It is four months since Ahmed Mukhtar took over the Office of the Governor in Wajir County.
As the ‘Change Team’ celebrated the takeover of the Governor’s Office by Mukhtar, division arose between those who were perceived to be behind the removal of the former governor, Mohamed Abdi.
Now, the ‘Change Team’ has transformed itself, isolating Eldas member of parliament Adan Keynan from county affairs. Sources told The Frontier a dispute emerged among Wajir leaders, after some members of parliament and a few influential men accused Keynan of trying to control the new governor.
Rashid Kassim, the Wajir East member of parliament, was part of the team but less significant. Now, he is out and part of Mohamed Abdi-Keynan axis.
“Ahmed Mukhtar is so close to lawyer Adan Daud and Mohamed Elmi, the Cabinet Administrative Secretary. Keynan doesn’t want that,” a source close to Governor Mukhtar told The Frontier.
The new alliance between Daud, a Nairobi-based lawyer and an aspirant for Wajir East parliamentary seat, Elmi and Mukhtar seem to have displacement effect on Keynan.
On Tuesday, 7 September, former governor Abdi, who has been impeached by the Senate in May, stormed County Headquarters, claiming he had court orders allowing him to resume gubernatorial duties. Police arrested those who facilitated the break into the governor’s office while Abdi and Kassim were asked to record statements. Kassim accompanied Abdi during the storming of the office.
Both Keynan and Kassim skipped the swearing-in of Hashim Musa as the third governor of Wajir at a ceremony held in Wajir on Thursday.
Leaders who spoke at the event criticised Keynan, some hinting the Eldas MP was behind Abdi’s ‘return’ – a claim The Frontier cannot verify.
Farmajo names committee of inquiry to investigate disappearance of former spy Ikran Tahlil
Somali president Mohamed Farmajo has appointing a five-member committee to investigate the disappearance of former spy agent Ikran Tahlil.
“I hereby appoint a five-Member Commission of inquiry Chaired by the Attorney-General and deputized by Head of Military Court to expedite investigations on the case of IKRAN TAHLIL and to hand over the findings and evidence to responsible legal institutions for the execution of Justice.”
In the presidential decree, Farmajo appointed the Attorney-General to lead the fact-finding mission. The Armed Forces Court Attorney General is also a member of the committee. The three committee members will be nominated later by the Somali Police Force Commander, the Commander of the Somali National Army and Col. Yasin Abdulahi Mohamud, his new appointee Director-General of the National Intelligence and Security Agency.
The statement added that Ikran’s case was a “sensitive one that needs a thorough investigation.”
Farmajo instructed the commission to submit its investigative reports to the relevant authorities, although there will undoubtedly be demands to make the findings of any report public. There will also likely be apprehension to Somalia’s intelligence agency being a part of the investigation. Many lawmakers have called on an independent inquiry into Ikran’s murder.
Farmajo declared that the decree came into effect immediately after he signed it.
Qorqor and Laftagareen try to bring Farmajo and Roble together
The presidents of Galmudug, Ahmed Abdi Karie Qoor Qoor his South West State counterpart and Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed Laftagareen have taken the role of mediators to find a solution the wrangle between President Mohamed Farmajo and his Prime Minister Mohamed Roble.
The two met with Farmajo and Roble separately, and urged both parties to refrain from further action that would escalate the tense situation.
Reports indicate that the president and the prime minister have accepted the mediation, although each has developed conditions attached to the talks.
Prime Minister Roble insisted that Commander Bashir Goobe was the commander of NISA, and President Farmajo emphasized that the steps taken by the Prime Minister were invalid.
The meeting is expected to continue on Friday. The two presidents are hopeful that the two top officials will finally be reconciled so that their differences do not affect the election process.
The intervention comes amidst heightened political tensions between Farmajo and Roble which could threaten the fragile security of the Horn of Africa nation.
Finland swears-in its first Somali-born member of parliament
Suldaan Said Ahmed has been officially sworn in as a Member of Parliament, becoming Finland’s first Somali-background MP, according to Finnish news oulrt Yle News.
The Helsinki city councillor replaces party colleague and outgoing MP Paavo Arhinmäki (Left), who left Parliament to take up a role as Helsinki Deputy Mayor.
Said Ahmed told Yle News that he still “cannot quite believe” he is now an MP.
“If someone had told the refugee-background, single-mother raised, teenage Suldaan, that you would one day become a Finnish legislator, I would not have believed it,” he said.
“There were no people like me in Parliament when I was growing up.”
He added that he intends to help “build a better Finland” during his time in Parliament.
“I want a Finland where every young person, regardless of their background or starting point, can pursue their dreams. I hope that my selection here will send a message to young people that anything is possible,” he added.
Said Ahmed and two other incoming MPs — Atte Kaleva (NCP) and Jari Kinnunen (NCP) — were officially announced as Members of Parliament by parliamentary speaker Anu Vehviläinen (Cen) at a plenary session on Thursday afternoon.
Kaleva and Kinnunen are replacing party colleagues Anna-Kaisa Ikonen and Juhana Vartiainen, who became mayors of Tampere and Helsinki respectively.
Said Ahmed was born in Somalia in 1993 and moved to Finland in 2008. He was elected to Helsinki City Council at the municipal elections in 2017, garnering over 1,000 votes, and was re-elected to the council at the last municipal election in June, increasing his vote count to 1,634.
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