Au­lian elders to rec­on­cile Farah and Warsame

In video clip, Maalim is seen slap­ping and punch­ing Warsame, who shields his face

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Elders from for­mer Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim’s clan will at­tempt to rec­on­cile him and So­ma­lia’s for­mer Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter Gele Warsame. Maalim at­tacked Warsame at a Nairobi ho­tel last week.

In one-minute CCTV footage dated Septem­ber 29, Maalim is seen slap­ping and punch­ing Warsame, who is shield­ing his face with both hands. Maalim has re­fused to dis­close what led to the al­ter­ca­tion. But sources say the fight broke after he ac­cused Warsame of in­ter­fer­ing with Garissa pol­i­tics and sup­port­ing his op­po­nents.

The Au­lian clan elders, led by Sul­tan Ha­mud Sheikh, said elders from Kenya and So­ma­lia have al­ready met and sorted out the mat­ter us­ing tra­di­tional dis­pute res­o­lu­tion.

“The only thing left is to bring the two lead­ers to­gether and iron out the dif­fer­ences once and for all. We will how­ever not wish to see the scuf­fle politi­cised,” he told the press in Garissa town on Sun­day.

Maalim com­mended the elders and the fam­ily lead­er­ship for step­ping in. “The in­ci­dent was a re­gret­table one and should not have hap­pened. I want to apol­o­gise to my com­mu­nity in both So­ma­lia and Kenya. We have now moved on, ev­ery­thing is be­hind us,” he said. “We will soon have a meal, shake hands and hug one an­other.”

/STEPHEN ASTARIKO

For­mer Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim with Au­lian Sul­tan Ha­mud Sheikh in Garissa town on Sun­day

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