Profile: Wajir governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud

On 15 February 2019, Kenya’s Supreme Court upheld the 2017 election of Mohamed Abdi Mohamud as the governor of Wajir County, rejecting a petition challenging his win.

Chief Justice David Maraga ruled that the election had been free and fair, quashing a petition from Ahmed Abdullahi, Mr’s Mohamud predecessor who alleged “massive” malpractices during the vote almost two years ago.

The country’s highest court overturned decisions of both the High Court and the Court of Appeal, which had nullified Mr’s Mohamud win.

It ruled that Mohamud was duly elected and the election was free and fair and that the final results that were announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission stood as the valid results.

Mr. Mohamud, or ‘MAM’ as he is known among his supporters, is a former Kenyan ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

He was elected the governor of Wajir County on 8 August 2017 during the Kenya general election on a Jubilee party ticket.

Mr. Mohamud was born on 1 July 1955 in Wajir. He started school at Rhamu Primary School in neighbouring Mandera County in 1974.

The governor attended Nakuru Medical Training Centre between 1985 and 198.

In 1998, he was elected Member of Parliament for Wajir East constituency and was appointed Minister of Regional Development Authorities in 2003 by former president Mwai Kibaki.

In 2014, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him Kenya’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a post he held for three years.