The Court of Appeal has invalidated the election of Wajir County governor, upholding a High Court judgement which ruled Mohamed Abdi was not legally cleared to run for office.
Abdi went to the Supreme Court to appeal, but nothing will change.
Now, the court battle is over and the field is littered with winners and losers. Here’s a look at the new landscape:
Mohamed Abdi Mohamud
The defeat at the Hight Court and the Court of Appeal has put him in an awkward position. He is politically dead; he will never be allowed to vie for any political seat. But there is only one way; going back to high school and enroll in a university. He’s 66 and this won’t be possible. Mohamud, who held several high profile positions including being a member of parliament, minister and an ambassador will not be able to secure a government job or any other for that matter. And, he risks a jail sentence.
The Eldas legislator is one of the longest serving members of parliament and is currently serving a fourth term.
Analysts say it is Keynan who feels the defeat more than Mohamed Abdi. He backed the ousted governor in the last election against Ahmed Abdullahi and, residents accuse him of ‘holding Abdi hostage’ and ‘capturing’ his county government.’
Many believed the court battle was not between Mohamed abdi and the former governor, Ahmed Abdullahi, but a political supremacy battle between Keynan and Ahmed Abdullahi.
The ‘king-maker’ tag has been shed, rendering him a mere politician whose influence does not extend beyond Eldas constituency.
The Chief Administrative Secretary for Environment and the former minister was among politicians who helped get Mohamud elected. He is a shrewd politician who rarely yearns for limelight.
There is no love lost between him and Mohamed Abdi, but because he fell out with Ahmed Abdullahi, he chose to back Abdi. He wanted to teach Abdullahi a lesson but his choice of a wrong candidate revived the former governor’s hopes of recapturing his seat.
Laden with evidence, the former governor petitioned the election of Mohamed Abdi, provingy he did not qualify to contest for the gubernatorial seat and that the election itself was not held in accordance with the constitution and the electoral laws, and was manipulated electronically.
He won at the High Court and the court of Appeal and is preparing to hit the campaign trail. He has a higher chance of pouncing back but could still face stiff competition from another candidate fronted by the other party.
The senator belonged to Mohamed Abdi’s camp, but later joined Ahmed Abdullahi’s after he was isolated by the former. When Mohamed Abdi assumed the role of a governor, he isolated politicians and close allies who helped him get there except Adan Keynan. He will play a big role in the coming by-election. It seems it is time for revenge.
The vocal County MP, commonly known as ‘Kabambay’ is a fierce critic of Mohamed Abdi’s county administration and his leadership style. When she organised for a health camp in Wajir town recently, the county government refused to ‘bless’ her project. She will hit the campaign trail for the former governor.
He first contested for Tarbaj parliamentary seat in 2013 against Mohamed Elmi and lost. In 2016, he showed an interest for Wajir’s gubernatorial position. His community, the Fai, picked him to fight it out with the then governor. Mohamed Abdi refused to accept the community verdict and this led to a ‘coup’ by the community elders and senior politicians that endorsed Abdi’s candidacy. He must be a happy man. He is likely to contest in this by-election.