By: Kenya-Today team in Nairobi.
The news of Hon Abdikadir Mohammed quitting elective politics for the foreseeable futureÂ was a surprise to majority of Kenyans, many of whom regard him highly. He was the face of the 10th parliament.
Mr Mohammed was a darling of the Kenyan public, his sober approach to matters national endeared him to many. He steered the parliamentary committee on the constitution, successfully negotiating trade offs among various interest groups to arrive at an agreeable draft that was ratified in the 2010 referendum.
He was appointed the chairman of the parliamentary committee on implementation of the constitution- a powerful committee that interviewed key constitutional office holders.
It now emerges that in Mandera and the other parts of North Eastern region, majority of the residents (voters) are not indigenous Somali Kenyans but Somali immigrants from Somalia who since the war in 1991 were allowed to settle and acquire Kenya national Identity cards illegally; they have since dominated some parts of Garisa,Mandera, Wajir and of late some parts of the city.
It was evident that it was hard for him to win in a constituency where politics is clan-driven. Abdikaddir comes from the Degodia, a minority clan in Mandera, which is dominated by the Garre and Murule
In an interview last year on capital talk, Galole MP Hon. Dadho Godana a youthful retired Army major (who worked in the area as a senior Army officer) revealed to Jeff KoinangeÂ (Capital Talk- K24) the challenges of the locals; he singled our Mandera Central as one of the affected constituencies. Here below is the interview, just forward to minute 3 onwards and listen to the humble articulate MP>>