4 Somali public figures who made headlines in 2018

The year 2018 is coming to an end and Kenyans are gearing up for the new year 2019.

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2018 was full of political activities that shaped the country in different ways.

As 2018 comes to an end, here are Somali ‘public figures’ who made headlines.

1. Noordin Mohamed Haji

Haji is the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Born and raised in Ijara, Garissa county, Haji took over the helm of ODPP in April.

Since he took office, Haji has been making headlines by approving prosecution of top government officials linked to graft.

An ardent Muslim, Haji says he is fearless in the fight against graft.

On December 12, during the Jamhuri day celebrations, Haji was among state officers who received presidential awards for their contribution in the country’s development agenda.

DPP Haji is among public figures to watch in 2019.

2. CS Amina Mohamed

The Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) is among public figures who made headlines in 2018.

The former Foreign Affairs CS took charge of the education docket in January.

Ambassador Mohamed successfully oversaw the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE)  and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) whose results were announced recently.

The CS has also hit headlines over the new education curriculum that is taking off in January and the planned teachers strike that threatens to paralyze learning in public schools.

3. Lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi

The Garissa born lawyer also made headlines in 2018 over his criticism against the Judiciary.

Lawyer  Abdullahi has been criticising the Chief Justice (CJ) David Maraga led Judiciary accusing it of alleged graft.

The lawyer also represented top politicians in court cases in 2018.

He represented former Kathiani MP Wavinya Ndeti in an appeal filed by Machakos governor Alfred  Mutua in Supreme Court.

Ndeti lost as the CJ Maraga led court upheld Mutua’s victory.

4. CS Aden Mohamed 

The now East Africa Community Cabinet Secretary (CS) made headlines over the alleged importation of contraband sugar in the country.

The Wajir born CS’s name was dragged into a report on contraband sugar that was rejected by lawmakers in Parliament.

The CS was transferred from the Industrialization docket after the contraband sugar saga.


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