Wajir County Is at The Receiving End For Appointing a London-based Musician as Entertainment Adviser.
By Hassan Abdi
Few days after the Wajir County government was at the receiving end of adverse criticisms from the youth of the county, it has once again become the butt of the public’s jokes after an alleged letter of appointment which was widely shared on social media purporting to appoint a female musician living in London who is a Somalia national as entertainment adviser. This followed a day after musician Farhiya Fiska released an album in praise of the governor H.E. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud. The album which was alleged to have cost the county shillings 1 Million.
While the letter does not spell out the official names of the musician and looks unofficial (Farhiya Ahmed Adawe and Fiska is her stage name) residents we have spoken to have called into question the rational of paying 10 thousand dollars and appointing the musician who has no connection to the county as entertainment adviser when the county is in economic freefall. One who identified himself as Hassan Ahmed Olat said that ”there are many talented youth who could easily play that role instead of appointing a woman who has never lived in the country let alone the county”. Olat said that many people in particular the youth are very disappointed with the direction the county is going and it may not surprise if the county is dissolved by the national government. A sentiment echoed by Ebla Osman who said it is the ”worst county government in the country”.
Last week, in a youth forum called by the senator Dr Abdullahi Ali which was termed a farce by many of the attendees, the county government came under heavy criticism. It was accused by youth who spoke at the forum of ”neglecting the youth, abetting immorality and not initiating a single project”. The event was attended by the senator, deputy governor, H.E. Ahmed Ali and Wajir East MP Hon Rashid Kassim.