NAIROBI—At least 15 political leaders from Nothern Kenya are set to attend Jubbaland inauguration on the weekend.
Confirming the delegation that is expected at Said Abdille Hassan Airport in Kismayu on Saturday, Garissa Township legislator Aden Duale said he will lead the team that will attend the inauguration of the Jubbaland leader, Ahmed Islam “Madobe.”
The delegation will be made up of a governor, senators and members of parliament from Wajir, Garissa and Mandera counties.
“I am leading the delegation on Saturday morning,” Duale told Kulan Post without divulging further information on the names contained in the list of the leaders that will accompany him in the delegation.
The Nothern Kenya delegation will join other Somali leaders drawn from opposition parties and the president of Puntland, Abdullahi Deni.
Immediate former President, Hasan Sheikh Mohamud and his predecessor, Sheikh Shariff Sheikh Ahmed arrived late in the afternoon from Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport. They were accompanied by Federal MPs and senators.
The Mogadishu delegates were preceded by another delegation from Puntland State led by the president, Said Abdullahi Deni and several regional legislators. President Deni was accompanied by the former Puntland leader, Abdullahi Faroola.
Deni said the “people of Puntland were happy and in support of the direction taken by the people of Jubbaland,” adding that it would have been impossible to stop him from flying to Kismayu for the inauguration ceremony.
“We will not allow the control of the airspace to be used as a weapon of oppression,” President Deni stated. He was reacting to an incident two weeks ago where former President, Sheikh Sharif was stopped at the Aden Adde Airport as he prepared to board a flight to Kismayu. The incident caused major political re-alignment and possible coalition ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.
Both delegations were welcomed by the Jubbaland State President, Ahmed Madobe whose re-election victory was challenged by the federal president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.