Campaigns are underway in Jubaland following the upcoming Presidential elections set on 24th August.
Three Kenyans have been listed among the presidential contestants in the Jubaland region of Somalia ready to take the reigns in the forthcoming poll.
The bid by three Kenyans has however elicited debate on how regional forces are angling for the top Jubaland seat.
The three who have been identified as Mohammed Shakul, Mohammed Marsheye, and Abdi Raghe, have been campaigning alongside other aspirants in the young nation.
The trio so far stands to pose a major threat to some Key Jubaland officials especially incumbent and frontrunner Ahmed Madobe in the race.
Their candidature has been strongly opposed with several calls made to the Kenyan government to intervene and withdraw the three from the race.
In his statement, Guleid Khalif, an expert in Jubaland politics noted that the trio originated from Garissa County in the Northern part of Kenya. “We want the government to investigate the three contestants because they are being used to work against Kenya’s interest in Jubaland,” he argued.
Kenyan Government is alleged to be backing Madobe. Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe, president of Jubaland has served since 2013. He firmly stood against Al Shabaab and has actively fought against the terrorist group and thus kept Kenyan state. According to this, Kenya refers to him as a friend and rooting for him to retain power.
Sources have also revealed that the Somali government led by Mohamed Abdullahi, popularly known as Farmajo, is behind the candidature of the three Kenyans.
“The Somalia Federal Government is creating clan divisions with their hardline stance while using dirty tactics to oust Madobe. They will fail flatly,” stated Abdu Shakur Ahmed, an elder from Buuale.
Farmajo is alleged to have included the three Kenyans in his plot to working with Mogadishu to subvert Kenya’s interests.
However, the Jubaland Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission have assured the electorate that the vote will be free and fair.