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In Garissa minorities debate, we must differentiate between Personal and public Interest.

By Muhidin Ibrahim (Giggs):

Minority group is a term referring to a category of people differentiated from the social majority, i.e., those who hold the majority of positions of social power in a society, and may be defined by law.

The differentiation can be based on one or more observable human characteristics, including: ethnicity, race, religion, caste, gender, wealth, health or sexual orientation. Usage of the term is applied to various situations and civilizations within history, despite its popular mis-association with a numerical, statistical minority.

Feagin (1984) [3] states that a minority group has five characteristics: (1) suffering discrimination and subordination, (2) physical and/or cultural traits that set them apart, and which are disapproved by the dominant group, (3) a shared sense of collective identity and common burdens, (4) socially shared rules about who belongs and who does not determine minority status, and (5) tendency to marry within the group.

Sociologist Louis Wirth defined a minority group as “a group of people who, because of their physical or cultural characteristics, are singled out from the others in the society in which they live for differential and unequal treatment, and who therefore regard themselves as objects of collective discrimination.

First and fore mostly, the above facts, connotations, description, salient features, embodiment and phenomena encircling the term “minority group” does not in any way conform or fit the idea of a persona of Hassan Abdille’s stature, characteristics and cultural background for the mere fact that he hails from the Mohamed Zubeir sub-clan of the Ogaden community.

How can an Ogaden become a minority in an Ogaden dominated County?

Muhidin Ibrahim addressing a past GMCA meeting in Garissa

Muhidin Ibrahim addressing a past GMCA meeting in Garissa

Secondly, it is imperative to note that he harbors political ambitions that he essentially seeks to compete for the Garissa Township MP portfolio.

That said and done, thus it doesn’t need rocket science for him to come forth and denounce what I and other like-minded Garissa Minority Community Association (GMCA) members proposed as regards our support for Garissa township MP Aden Duale.

I want to tell Hassan Abdille, for free, he has all the democratic rights to go and seek an elective seat but he cannot and he can never use our association as a political tool.

Thirdly, it doesn’t make an ounce of sense for him to claim that I have not been a member of the Garissa Minority Community Association. This is truly a white lie! I don’t need his permission or approval to be part and parcel of the Minority Association, I am a Minority by design. Besides, the picture below speaks for itself!

hassan abdille - nepjournal

The real Garissa Minority Community Association (GMCA) was formed to help youth and less voiced people to get IDs, employment or engage in gainful socio-economic activities among others but not for someone to further one’s political needs and ambition. Thus, imperatively there is benefit and it’s only logical for The GMCA to offer support for Duale since under his watchdog the minority have somewhat gotten a voice and a hearing.

Muhidin Ibrahim alias Giggs Yule Moja, Chairman of Garissa Minority Community Association.



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