Kenyan Somali’s are not second-class citizens: Ministry of Interior

Nairobi (HAN) April 18, 2014 – In this section of Opinion By MWENDA NJOKA – Security agencies in IGAD countries are on alert for possible terror attacks from Somali Militats Al-Shabaab who have vowed to avenge the presence of African Union troops in Somalia. Kenyan Security has been increased following that alert, said Kenya’s Internal Security Minister Joseph Ole Lenku.

According to the Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government, Mr. Mwenda: Not too long ago, someone described a certain rally driver as the kind of a driver who made more noise than his rally car. Now, you obviously know that rally cars make a great deal of noise when on the move, so when it turns out that the driver is generating more hullabaloo than the car, then it means something is fundamentally wrong here.

In the same vein, listening to the ranting and raving that often come from prominent lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi, one can’t help thinking of him as the proverbial mourner who cries louder than the bereaved. However, that is a story for another day, another time.

Kenya: Somali Kenyans are treated like second-class citizens – The same question remains unresolved despite the collective national pretense that all Kenyans are equal, writes Ahmednasir Abdullahi


But that is not all there is to Ahmednasir. He is a man who appears to have a huge chip on his shoulder. For more details on this, please talk to one Brian Yongo, Ahmednasir’s perpetual tormentor who fervently believes that this wealthy city lawyer not only acquired much of his affluence through dubious means but is also not fit to be a lawyer.

As to whether the Grand Mullah is indeed guilty of these sins of omission and commission, the jury is still out. But suffice to say that there is more than meets the eye in Ahmednasir’s character.

In a recent newspaper article, Ahmednasir accused the Government of treating Kenyan Somalis “like second-class citizens”. Granted, there may be some historical injustices that were committed by past governments against Kenyan Somalis. The same could be true for other communities too. However, Ahmednasir’s argument that the current Government has systematically marginalized Kenyan Somalis is far from being true.

No other Kenyan Government has appointed more Kenyan Somalis to key positions than the current Government. We have Kenyan Somalis heading key Cabinet dockets of Foreign Affairs, Industrialization, and principal secretaries in several ministries not to mention Kenyan Somalis heading powerful constitutional bodies or holding strategic positions in State House. Clearly, this does not sound like marginalisation or giving second-class treatment to a community!

In the same article Ahmednasir also threw some unwarranted jabs at the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Joseph ole Lenku.

To put the record straight for the benefit of the Grand Mullah, before his appointment as Cabinet Secretary, Lenku, who holds MBA and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from University of Nairobi, was the General Manager of Kenya Utalii College, the largest and most prominent hospitality-training institute in East and Central Africa.

Instead of wasting valuable time trying to belittle men and women entrusted to manage the country’s security sector, Ahmednasir would have served this country better if he advised his clients, business partners, friends and family who may have useful information that can assist in the war against terror to cooperate with security agents.

But Ahmednasir is unlikely to do this because he is a conspiracy theorist who never sees anything for what it is. He looks for conspiracies and hidden meanings in everything. For the avoidance of doubt, there is absolutely no conspiracy or hidden agenda in the fight against terrorism and the end game to “Operation Usalama Watch” is securing Kenya from threats emanating from within and without. That is all there is to it.

(The writer is the Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior & Coordination of National Government)

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