MP in Trouble For Pledging Allegiance to Somalia

Garissa Woman Representative Anab Subow Gure has found herself in trouble for pledging allegiance to Somali and President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.

Gure on Friday, December 18 posted on social media a photo in which she poses next to the flag of Somalia and a portrait of the country’s president Mohamed Farmaajo in her office in Nairobi.

In a photo that went viral, the Somalia flag was also mounted in her office in the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) instead of Kenya’s flag.

The woman rep had apparently replaced President Uhuru Kenyatta’s portrait with that of Somali President Farmaajo in her office.

Gure claimed on Twitter that since the photos were published her security has been withdrawn and there has been unusual police presence around her home tracking her movements.

“My security detail has been withdrawn this afternoon and under unclear conditions. A contingent of police officers has also been seen in and around my estate for the better part of today. Even if you withdraw my security, I have Allah The Almighty to protect me against any harm.”

Garissa Woman Representative Anab Subow Gure poses next to the flag of Somalia and a portrait of the country’s president Mohamed Farmaajo in her office in Nairobi. Photo/Courtesy

“I cannot be intimidated or coerced by anybody. I am available and can be summoned at any time of the week but no intimidation and arm-twisting. We’re not in a police state. Kenya is a sovereign country,” she said.

Her actions came a few days after Somalia cut diplomatic ties with Kenya accusing Nairobi of meddling in its internal affairs.

Minister of Information Osman Abukar Dubbe said Kenya has seven days to withdraw all its diplomats from the country.

“Somalia recalls all its diplomats from Kenya and orders Kenyan diplomats to leave Somalia within seven days,” Information minister Osman Dude said in a statement.

The cutting of diplomatic ties came as President Kenyatta hosted the leader of Somaliland, Musa Bihi Abdi, a region that declared its independence from Somalia.

The publication of the pictures irked a section of Kenyans, who questioned Gure’s patriotism to Kenya as she appeared to be embracing President Farmaajo instead of Kenya’s President.

Garissa Woman Representative Anab Subow Gure poses for a photo with Somali government officials at Somalia Embassy in Nairobi. Photo/Courtesy

Lawyer Donald B. Kipkorir said although dual citizenship is allowed in the Constitution, MPs are excluded from the privilege.

“Our Constitution bars MPs who have dual citizenship … It is treason, treasonable felony and treachery in our Penal Code to owe allegiance to an enemy state … Somalia is an enemy state .. Garissa Women Rep Anab Gure should be arrested and charged with these treasonable offences,” he said.

The legislator, who is politically aligned to the Tangatanga wing of Jubilee Party of Deputy President William Ruto, however, claimed that she was being targeted because of her political stand.

Some of her Tanga Tanga colleagues took to social media to defend her and castigate the police.

Kandara MP Alice Wahome wondered why police had to be sent to the MP’s house instead of summoning her.

“DCI or Kibicho or IG or Matiang’i whoever because it’s hard to tell who is in charge, Stop harassing Hon Anab by sending a Lorry load of police because of photo pose in a foreign embassy office. You can summon her to DCI office on Monday.”

Somaliland leader Muse Bihi and President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo/Courtesy

“DCI, Kibicho,IG or Is it Matiang’i. Hon Anab is a nursing mother.What is the emergency sending you to her house at night with over 20 police officers.  Anab can’t breathe. Give us a break lords of impunity,” Wahome said.

“Whoever is seeking to arrest Gure for apparently being seen to like President Farmaajo and standing next to Somalia’s flag is wrong. How many times have we seen citizens waving the flags of other nations, including the US’s, in the open? Somalia is not at war with Kenya,” Abdikadir Aden, a member of the East Africa Legislative Assembly, said.

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