Monday August 20, 2018
By DAVID MWERE
A stamped Kenyan passport. The government is investigating how a senior official in the government of Somalia acquired multiple Kenyan passports and a national identity card with conflicting dates of birth and which he has been using whenever he travels abroad. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
The government is investigating how a senior official in the
government of Somalia acquired multiple Kenyan passports and a national
identity card with conflicting dates of birth and which he has been
using whenever he travels abroad.
Mr Ahmed Fahad Dahir,
the deputy director of Somali Intelligence Agency, is in possession of a
Kenyan passport C024542 as well as an identity card No. 22847167 whose
acquisition is now the subject of probe by the investigative agencies.
Dahir alias Fahad Yasin, claims to have been born in Mandera, Kenya on
July 19, 1978 despite his Somalia identity card showing that he was born
in Meesha Dhalashada in Somalia and that the document was issued on
July 13, 2017.
But details on his Kenyan ID card show
that he was born on April 5, 1978 with the document being issued in 2001
in Mandera East Constituency.
Immigration, Border Control and Registration of Persons Maj Gen (Rtd)
Gordon Kihalang’wa Monday confirmed the investigations are on but
declined to give more information.
“We got this
information and we are trying to investigate the details of the
documents and how they were acquired by the individual,” Mr Kihalang’wa
But when probed further, he said, “I cannot comment on something that I haven’t authenticated.”
14 (1) of the Kenyan Constitution provides that a person is a citizen
by birth if on the day of the person’s birth, whether or not the person
is born in Kenya, either their mother or father is a Kenyan citizen.
article also provides that Clause 1 applies equally to a person born
before the effective date, whether or not the person was born in Kenya,
if either their mother or father is or was a Kenyan citizen.
Director of Immigration Services Alexander Muteshi has also confirmed the matter, saying it is under investigations.
investigative team is already on the ground to establish the veracity
of the documents. What I know is that the Somali laws just like Kenya’s,
provide for dual citizenship but how they go in terms holding a senior
position in their government, I may not know,” Mr Muteshi said.
In Kenya, one is prohibited from holding a senior government position if he or she has dual citizenship.
Muteshi, a former National Intelligence Service (NIS) director of
counter terrorism coordination, said that Mr Dahir may have acquired the
Kenyan documents at the time when majority of Somali nationals were
seeking refuge in Kenya in 1990s when Somalia was facing political
instability following the fall of Mohamed Siad Barre’s regime in 1990.
of these people flocked into the country and ended up acquiring Kenyan
documents but with stability normalising in Somalia, they are now
trooping back,” he said.
The intervention of the
international community – the United Nations and the European Union –
through the Africa Mission in Somalia (Amisom), has helped address the
political and the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country.
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prominent news website in Somalia – Muqdisho online – claims that Mr
Dahir has lived in Kenya prior to becoming the campaign manager of
Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Faarmajo.
It further claims that he has worked for Aljazeera as a reporter.
publication also claims that he is extremely rich and that he owns
multi-million properties in the country including a house in one of the
city’s upmarket residence and that he is well connected among the Kenyan