Makhabul clan endorses Abdi for Wajir South
He is currently the Mathira East deputy county commissioner
Elders from the Makhabul Clan unanimously endorsed Khalif Abdi for Wajir South MP.
Abdi, 56, the Mathira East deputy county commissioner, was anointed at Kursin location in a colourful ceremony on Sunday. He is a long-serving provincial administrator.
Accepting the endorsement, he said he was overwhelmed by the support from the elders and the entire community to stand for the MP seat.
However, he said he will not start campaigning until next year because he is still a civil servant and the law does not allow him to engage in active politics.
“I intend to resign in February and embark on serious campaigns across the constituency,” Abdi said.
“It’s the people who urged me to vie for this seat because they saw leadership qualities in me. That has been sec- onded by the elders’ endorsement,” he said.
Wajir South, the biggest constituency in Wajir county, is largely inhabited by the Ogaden. The Mohamed Zuber and the Makhabul are the two dominant subclans. Senator Abdirahman Hassan comes from the Mohamed Zubeir clan while incumbent MP Abdullahi Diriye comes from the Makhabul clan.