Senior counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi has voiced his opinion regarding the revocation of the 2019 Leadership Integrity Award from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji. Through his official Twitter account, Abdullahi expressed his belief that the decision was based on prejudice against Haji's Somali heritage, suggesting that Somalis are unfairly disliked without any valid reason.
It is important to note that different individuals hold diverse perspectives on this matter, and discussions surrounding the revocation of the award continue to unfold on various platforms.
"When hitherto credible institutions are captured by small minds and petty tribal interests that are consumed but Somali phobia and xenophobia...hate them or not! SOMALIS ARE HERE TO STAY!" tweeted Nasir.
When hitherto credible institutions are captured by small minds and petty tribal interests that are consumed but Somali phobia and xenophobia...hate them or not! SOMALIS ARE HERE TO STAY! pic.twitter.com/oTpuJ62mLV
Did you read this?— Ahmednasir Abdullahi SC (@ahmednasirlaw) May 26, 2023
The decision has resulted in a lively discourse on social media platforms, with individuals expressing a range of opinions and perspectives on the matter.
Kabando Wa Kabando, a politician from Mt Kenya, has criticized Ahmednasir Abdullahi's statement. Kabando argues that Ahmednasir is suffering from the 'mtu wetu syndrome,' which refers to the tendency to defend individuals from one's own tribe regardless of their mistakes or crimes.
In response to this, the former lawmaker has called on Ahmednasir Abdullahi to refrain from associating Transparency International (TI) with tribal divisions.
"With all due respect, SC GrandMulla, wacha Mtu Wetu Syndrome. Wachana na Transparency International, wachana na CSOs. Wacha ukabila, wewe usiwe kama rafiki yangu Jatelo Kaluma kutetea pastors jaluo. But I do agree, SOMALIS ARE HERE TO STAY; our diversity is our pride, and wealth," Kabando Wa Kabando said.
According to Transparency International, there is a belief that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Haji, dismissed corruption cases for political motives, particularly those involving influential individuals in the country.
Following President William Ruto's assumption of power, the DPP withdrew several cases within a few months.
"These petitions have raised serious allegations regarding the withdrawal of high-profile corruption cases, including those for which you were previously recognized, resulting in the loss of public funds," reads part of the statement.
The recent revocation of the 2019 Leadership Integrity Award from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has triggered diverse opinions among Kenyans on social media.
Sheila Masinde, the Executive Director of Transparency International (TI) Kenya, released a statement explaining that the decision to recall the award was made after receiving petitions and conducting an assessment based on concerns regarding Haji's handling of high-profile cases.