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Thursday, 11 May 2017 20:25 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
A retired decorated military officer, has joined the race for Wajir North constituency seat. Returning on a trip to Nairobi early today, Mr Maalim was received by dozens of close allies, supporters and family members at Wajir Airport.
Colonel Abdirahman Ali Maalim, who is running on a Kanu ticket and firmly supports the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, is heading tomorrow to the vast constituency on the start of a massive campaign trail he said will take him to every ward and village as he seeks the support of voters.
The aspirant, who will be battling with three other contenders, is one of the most educated officers to have served in Kenya’s military. In addition to combat training, he holds a degree in military science and a masters in security strategic studies from Makarere University. Born in Wajir North, he attended Buna Primary School and Sambule Secondary School.
In total, he served 29 years in the military, retiring at lieutenant colonel. His service took him to different parts of the world for peacekeeping operations including Bosnia, Burundi, Southern Sudan and Somalia. Having traversed various senior levels in the military, Col Maalim served on different capacities, and his hard work saw him wear the full regalia in the powerful senior position of a Lt Colonel.
Most recent of his appointment was his position in the African Mission in Somalia (Amisom) where he contributed to the fight against the terror cult Al Shabaab. He told this writer that most of Somali's current senior officers passed his hands in their military training school where was a senior instructor was.
The soldier, who is an expert in guerilla warfare, said he spent most of his times in Somalia to fight Al Shabaab. “I was lead member since Somalia missions started,” he told this writer in an interview. His team was instrumental in the stability of Somalia. He worked for three presidents of Somalia including President Sheik Sharif, Hassan Sheik and even the current one Farmajo.
Col Maalim's vast leadership could propel him into the political office as the next MP of Wajir North. His main reason for joining politics is to advocate for peace since there long standing border disputes in Wajir North constituency.
He said through diplomacy, he will spearhead peace missions. He said previous leaders from the North had failed to resolve security issues. “As an expert with military background, I am well prepared to handle the issues,” he told this writer.
He also wants to bring unity among the society. Third is to change the leadership style of Wajir North constituency. Among his thematic areas are education, health, water and good governance. He wants to support livestock owners, saying he has camels himself.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County