The nomination of former Senator Mrs Halima Abdille as an ambassador to represent Kenya in Kuwait is raising a storm in a section of the citizenry. The former senator who served in the 12th parliament Senate as a nominated Senator and who was the Jubilee women Rep candidate in the 2017 elections was one of the youngest in that parliament. After narrowly losing the 2017 election, she was nominated for an SRC Commissioner position which parliament rejected on grounds of inexperience. She was again nominated for a position with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission which was stopped by the courts at the interview stage. The reason the courts stopped her interview is not clear. She has also been nominated for other positions since.
Her current nomination is raising concerns in a section of the society as they claim that her nomination disregards the principles of proportional representation and spirit of inclusivity and fairness. Young flamboyant Halima hails from Wajir and of the Somali tribe but her sub-section of the Somali tribe is over represented in the government claim the critics. The current Environment Chief Administration Secretary Mr Mohamed Elmi, a Principle Secretary Mr Alinoor Ismail, The nominated Senator Mrs Farhiya Ali, the serving Ambassador to Iran Mrs Rukia Subow and Eala MP Mrs Habiba Ibrahim all hail from the same Somali sub-section as Senator Halima. The concerned residents say there are others from Halima’s Somali tribe who are more experienced and would satisfy the inclusivity clause in the new Building Bridges spirit. They say there are men and women who have the qualifications and the experience to represent the community in these positions. There are career diplomats serving the ministry that could best serve the country’s interest instead, they say. Some of the names they mention are that former Wajir Governor Mr Ahmed Abdullahi, former Senator Mr Abdirahman Ali, former Wajir East MP Mr Abass Sheikh, former Garissa County Women Rep Mrs Shukran Hussein and the Wajir West Constituency candidate Mr Ibrahim Sheikh.
The residents say that for the country to benefit from the reality of the building bridges initiative by President Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, fairness and balance must be the bases of every nomination to public offices.