Farah Maalim

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Farah Maalim Mohamed
فرح معلم محمد
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya
In office
15 January 2008 – 14 January 2013
Preceded by David Musila
Succeeded by Joyce Laboso
Member of Parliament for Lagdera Constituency
In office
15 January 2008 – 14 January 2013
Preceded by Abdillahi Sheikh Dahir
Succeeded by Mohamed Muktar Shidiye
Member of Parliament for Lagdera Constituency
In office
26 January 1993 – 10 November 1997
Preceded by Slan Ahmed Nuno
Succeeded by Mohamed Muktar Shidiye
Personal details
Political party Orange Democratic Movement

Farah Maalim Mohamed (Somali: Faarax Maaliim Maxamed, Arabic: فرح معلم محمد‎) is a Somali politician.[1] He is the former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya, and has almost two decades of experience on the Kenyan political scene.

Biography[edit]

Maalim belongs to the Auliyahan sub-clan of the Ogaden Darod Somali clan.[2] He was educated at Maseno School.[3] He is a member of the Orange Democratic Movement political party in Kenya, and was elected to represent the Lagdera Constituency in the National Assembly of Kenya in the 10th Kenyan Parliament.[4] He had previously served in the 7th Kenyan Parliament.

In November 2012, Maalim led a group of MPs, which accused Kenyan soldiers of fomenting violence and using undue force during a security operation in Garissa. The legislators threatened to take the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) if the perpetrators were not brought to justice.[5][6] Maalim also suggested that the deployment of the soldiers was unconstitutional and had not received the requisite parliamentary approval,[5] and that the ensuing rampage cost Garissa entrepreneurs over Sh1.5 billion to Sh2billion in missed revenue.[6]

In the 2013 elections, Maalim ran for the Garissa County Senate seat, but was defeated by Yusuf Haji.

References[edit]

  1. ^ On Somalis in the new Kenyan cabinet
  2. ^ Sugow, Abdikadir (8 July 2012). "Youth overlooked as big guns angle for race Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000061384&story_title=youth-overlooked-as-big-guns-angle-for-race&pageNo=1". Standard Digital. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Maseno Old Boys". Maseno School. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  4. ^ Members Of The 10th Parliament. Parliament of Kenya. Accessed June 19, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Woman killed, 10 injured in Garissa swoop". The Star. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Wafula, Caroline (20 November 2012). "MPs accuse State of using undue force". Daily Nation. Retrieved 21 November 2012.