Makhabul clan en­dorses Abdi for Wa­jir South

He is cur­rently the Mathira East deputy county com­mis­sioner

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

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.

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