MPs Kullow Malim (Banisa), Ahmed Kolosh (Wajir West), Ibrahim Abdi (Lafey), Rahid Kasssim (Wajir East), Mohammed Hire (Lagdera), Omar Maalim (Mandera East), Bashir Abdullahi (Mandera North) Adan Haji (Mandera West), Hassan Dahiye (Daadab), Ahmed Bashane (Tarbaj) and Aden Keynan (Eldas).
These are Kenyan parliamentarians. State officers who are meant to serve the Kenya populace in their respective areas of representation. State officers who have taken oath to serve the country. State officers who have been duly elected by their constituents.
However, as things come further afloat, Kenyans have started to see the deep espionage mission that the MPs have been embarking on. Quietly and unnoticed to the public eye, these MPs sneaked out of the country unannounced to any of the relevant authorities, neither parliament nor State House, to meet their ultimate bosses – Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and Somali’s intelligence boss Fahad Yasin who heads the Somalia National Intelligence and Security Agency, NISA.
This is equitable to treason. With the volatile relationship Kenya had with Somalia and Foreign Affairs trying to resolve the stalemate between the two countries over our maritime borders, what sort of authority do these State officers have?
The 11 MPs met the Somalian President without knowledge or permission from the State. What Kenyans must understand is the link between the Somali President and the 11 MPs vis-à-vis their spy chief Fahad Yasin. Apparently, the issue of clannism (qabiilism in Somali), in their culture and staying loyal to one’s clan has proven to be something of extreme importance in most Cushitic communities. Past and current wars within the Northern region, neighbouring Sudan, Somalia and even Ethiopia have revolved around the issues of clannism.
These 11 MPs belong to Marexaan clan which occupies the regions bordering Northern Kenya, specifically Mandera, and the greater part of Somalia. This is the same clan that the Somali President Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo and Fahad Yasin are a part of.
Besides this, Fahad Yasin and a section of his leadership are ‘former’ members of the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Shabaab Al-Mujahideen. Interestingly, despite being members, they have on several occasions been incriminated in planning and funding Al-Shabaab operations along the border with Kenya besides.
Additionally, whenever it comes to airstrikes, AFRICOM, the United States Africa Command, have often missed their targets only to discover that NISA has been intentionally giving them wrong coordinates for precision airstrikes in Somalia. The truth of the matter is that once a member takes oath in such a militant group, they are forever partisan to it and must adhere to its agenda.
Back to the meeting, being the greedy MPs that they are, they would not leave the meeting without a token of appreciation; a Sh5 million payout for information received. NISA also facilitated their stay, their travel and the meeting itself. All this was planned in the MPs’ knowledge of a scheduled meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday which they also attended and which focused on the issue of insecurity in the region.
Kenyan intelligence reports have indicated that there is an intended takeover of Kenya’s Northern Territory by the Somali government and the leaders being spy agents of the Al-Shabaab, are bound to handomely benefit if their plan goes to their advantage. Periodically, the MPs have been sufficiently fed with security intel for the benefit of their constituents which they have duly demanded but have been spies for President Farmajo and NISA, selling out Kenya’s security plans and making Kenya an easy target for terrorist attacks.
As a result, the country has reported an upsurge of terrorist attacks in different parts of the country despite intelligence being gathered. Some of the attacks noted included the Garissa University attack, the quarry workers attacked in Mandera, bus attacks especially in the areas of Moyale, Mandera and Garissa, the dusitD2 attack, Westgate mall attack, Manda bay attack in Lamu, among other attacks.
Somali President Farmajo has close working links with Kenya and this is even a reason why the maritime dispute arose despite the efforts Kenya has undertaken to bring peace and stability to the region while curtailing terrorist activities of the Al-Shabaab in the country.
Over the series of attacks which have happened in the region, learning institutions have been the target areas, specifically targeting non-local teachers and other non-Muslims. One key thing that Kenyans must understand is the impact of radicalization, which can only take place if teachers can be either Al-Shabaab operatives, its sympathizers and even members.
Curtailing education in the region creates a conducive platform for an injection of sympathizers in form of teachers who will be able to radicalize young children to the doctrine of their Jihadist movement which is centred on destruction of property and killings in order to drive their agenda.
Members of Parliament are State officers and have a responsibility to serve Kenyans and the interests of Kenyans in Kenya as they are representing Kenyans. Therefore, it is not a coincidence that a fight started in Somalia’s Balad Hawo town and spilled over to Mandera town, forcing the residents to flee, right after the ‘Kenyan’ MPs, Somalia’s President Farmajo and Fahad Yasin (NISA) met in Somalia.