Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CLARIFICATION ON MAJORITY LEADER, HON. ADEN DUALE "ADVISE" TO HON. ISAAC RUTO.



MAJORITY LEADER, HON. ADEN DUALE WAS JUST “PLAIN CLEAR” WITH KENYANS AND HON. RUTO

“That money is not yours. It is public money meant to improve lives,” Hon Aden Duale is said to have uttered at a ceremony at Massai Mara where Hon. Duale and Chairman of Governors exchanged political tones according to Media Reports which in one way or another adds “Political” cold war in many communities.

But what is the Problem.  The Majority Leaders in the Nation Assembly, Hon. Duale was just reminding his close friend, Hon. Isaac Ruto about “politics” by plainly trying to tell him, Can you say something else, that (Pesa Mashinani) has already been said over and over and already dealt with by Jubilee Team.


With the Upcoming Referendum spearheaded to amend the constitution to suit politicians,
Hon Duale indirectly told Hon Governor Ruto that he was not qualified to lead the demand for more cash since he had not properly utilized allocations given to his county government. In any case, Duale told the Governor to concentrate on development issues that will benefit wananchi and save politics for 2017 and if he is paid to do just that, Duale's Group will deal with them "straight on".

In reminding Politicians to work for us Kenyans, Hon Duale always reminds them to work for Development, stop the blame game and instead offer solutions to the problems facing the country.

And that is just good in a sense.

He even once cautioned CORD leaders who have been holding a series of rallies and who have criticized the Jubilee Government by saying:

“Cord leaders should be accountable for what they say as they have formed platforms to propagate hate speech messages against the government of the day, which is in no way in the interest of Kenyans,” and "to allow the Jubilee Government to serve its term, and resell their policies ahead of the next general elections.”

He even directed them to table any grievances they had in Parliament where answers would be provided.

This is what I think is happening at the moment. Hon. Isaac Ruto now almost falls under this category.

The Chairman of the Governors Board normally addresses Sunday Rallies to attack the Government and he got his answers just right there...this time round.

Hon. Duale told Ruto who was seating pensively at the dias that; "Hii pesa ni ya Wakenya sio ya mama yako bwana. Hii pesa si ya baba yako? " (These funds belong to Kenyans and it doesn't belong to you).

Hon Duale just was plainly saying....The Money (Pesa Mashinani) Hon. Issac Ruto keeps telling Kenyans is not “his” alone. It is for all Kenyans and to add Insult to the Injury he has caused him, Hon. Duale Told him to account for the Money (The Bomet County) has lost, which is almost 184 Millions first before asking for some more money.

Kwani hio ni Mbaya....Your guess is as good as mine.

Hon Duale is a very kind mind for your information.  His constituents (say Muslims and Somalis) like him the way he is fighting for their rights. This is in order. We understand him.  It is an obvious scenario where every Kenyan Community defends their man. Remember the Rugut Transfer and ICC cases how politicians were swearing “ we will do everything in this world” to console and defend their “person”.

That said, In previous Instances, Hon. Aden Duale has been mis-understood: Take a case of where he was telling Terrorists to go and bomb their "own" country than bombing Kenya.The Video clip was greatly mis-understood.

“Why is someone listening to that clip selectively? I told the residents to help police in arresting suspects who are targeting our people. I asked why terrorism is targeting places such as Eastleigh, Garissa and Machakos,” he said.

In the case of Governor Ruto, Hon Duale was even far much better with him...He just reminded him, Kenyans are the "owners" of the Money he is talking about everywhere and it's their right to demand audit to the already given money before being given some more.  If the Governors can't account for the money, who is he to force on Kenyans. He added that the exact figure according to the Auditor’s report is Sh185, 696,194 that Ruto received from the Transitional Authority between April and June 2013.

He told the governor that the money he is pushing for belongs to Kenyans and not his own funds (Albeit In political wordings)....

“I made no bad reference to the Kenyan women. I simply said that in Kenya, there are two types of resources; private and public. In the case of a private resource, it belongs to a family thus I made it clear that the resources of Bomet County do not belong to the family of Isaac Ruto, which is represented by his mother and father,” Duale said.

If you are talking about hate speech, there are some serious instances. Compare the following alleged uttered words intended to stir ethnic hated were among others (sometime back)

1.      “Wakikuyu wahame Rift Valley mahali kulilimikiwa na madorobo”
2.      “Nairobi tokeni hii ni shamba la wamaasai”
3.      “Wajaluo wahame shamba la kuria hata tutatumia nguvu”
4.      “Vile mnavyojua, Transzoia ni yetu na wanasema ni Metropolitan ata Bungoma ni yetu na ata jina mnasikia, is(sic) tunawaambia hii katiba ikipita watu wa TransZoia wafunge virago vyao waende, wale wako Bungoma katiba ikipita vile vile virago waende”

Cabinet minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere, who once stood accused of inciting hatred against “Arab” settlers who he said had taken land from indigenous coastal communities, claims his right of expression was being “grossly violated” by the case.

Those are even crude words which Hon Duale will "never" say. So why all this Hullabaloo

Hon Duale has since dismissed his critics and reiterated that he will not relent in fighting for the rights of his people just like all leaders are expected.

Take it easy with Hon. Duale. He is our Leader. Find another means of removing him.

When Hon Moses Kuria (Gatundu) was summoned by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to clarify hate speech, he said he was not being malicious or tribal but was fighting terrorism even after saying:

“I want to state here categorically that if you are a terrorist you need to be very scared of Moses Kuria. When it comes to terrorism I have no regrets, zero regrets. I’m going to stand firm against terrorism and when I say ‘we’ I mean Kenyans.” He explained.

“When it comes to issues of cohesion I am one person who has been on the front line on promoting this commission. There is nothing wrong on that posting, if acts of terror continue in this country we have no control on what Kenyans will do, because Kenyans are angry about these matters. I was purely analysing and purely predicting. Actually I have got a battle with terrorist… I do not care which tribe they belong to.”

Hon. Duale, Go on and On. Kenyans are with you.

IBRAHIM AHMED ABDINOOR
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
KENYA SOMALI CONSORTIUM


Friday, August 29, 2014

KENYA SOMALI CULTURAL NIGHT AT KICC


The Kenya-Somalia Consortium in Nairobi will be hosting the 2014 Kenya-Somali Gala night, a traditional night laced with celebration of culture, heritage, leadership and development. It is our obligation to shape the future of our region and nation by deliberating on the current economic, social and political roadmap to reach where we need to be. The event to be held at KICC, is at the Final Stages.

Please Put your Input on this....
 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GARISSA WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE, HON. SHUKRAN CLAIMS "ABUSE" BY BEING CALLED "SUPER"

I don't know what the Guys at Madogo Bridge, Tana River County want from our "own" Garissa County Women Representative, Honourable Shukran Gure by calling her Honourable "Msupuu"...Can you give her respect please....

Read Here.............or Continue Reading..


WABUNGE Katika bunge la Kitaifa, Kenya Jumanne waliangua kicheko pale Mwakilishi wa Wanawake, Kaunti ya Garissa Bi Shukran Gure alipodai kuwa maafisa wa usalama katika kizuizi cha barabarani cha Madogo, Tana River walimdhulumu kwa kumwita, "Msupuu".
Akitoa taarifa ya kibinafsi  bungeni kulingana na Sheria za Bunge nambari 84, Bi Gure alitaja matamshi ya maafisa hao wa Jeshi la Ulinzi la Kenya (KDF) kama yaliyomdhalilisha "ilhali mimi ni Mheshimiwa aliyechaguliwa na watu wa Kaunti ya Garissa". 

Mheshima Spika kando na kuita majina kama vile ‘mrembo’ ‘msupuu’ maafisa hao wa jeshi ambao hukagua magari katika kizuizi cha Madogo walimhangaisha dereva na mlinzi wangu licha ya wao kujitambulisha kwao," akasema Bi Gure huku wabunge, hasa wanaume wakiangua kicheko kwa sauti za juu. Mbunge huyo aliwataka maafisa wa usalama kuwaheshimu wabunge, hasa wale wa kike. 

Hata hivyo wabunge wanawake wakiongozwa na Wabunge Ceciliy Mbarire (Runyenjes) na Florence Kajuju (Mwakilishi wa wanawake kaunti ya Meru) walionyesha kughadhabishwa na yaliyomsibu mwenzao.
Jaribio na Bi Mbarire ambaye pia ndiye Mwenyekiti wa Chama cha Wabunge Wanawake
(Kewopa) kutaka kuzungumzia suala hilo lilizimwa na Spika Justin Muturi aliyesema kuwa hatua hiyo ni kinyume na Sheria za Bunge.

Kusifiwa
Hata hivyo, kiongozi wa wengi bungeni Aden Duale aligusia suala hilo alipokuwa akishughulikia mswada mwingine, kwa kusema  Bi Gure kuitwa "msupuu" ni sawa na kusifiwa. Wabunge wanawake walilalama kwa sauti za juu, na kupelekea Duale ambaye ni Mbunge wa Garissa Mjini kuondoa kauli hiyo.


Friday, June 13, 2014

WHAT IS THE FATE OF THE ADMINISTRATION POLICE OFFICER IN THE IVORY ARREST IN MOMBASA?


Kenyan police on Thursday impounded 228 full ivory tusks and 74 cut pieces of tusks weighing over three tons at a warehouse in Mombasa, said Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) deputy spokesman Paul Muya.

To make the matter more worse, Six Kenya AP's have refused a Five Million (5M) Kenya Shillings (Approx USD 60,000) as kickbacks for the arrest of those Ivories. The six AP officers

who refused Ksh 5M bribe for the over 200 tusks are:


1. Inspector Ahmed Gabow (team leader)
2. Sergent Hassan Mohamed,
3. Sergent Cyrus Mwakio,
4. Constable Ali Abdi Gedi, 

5. Constable Miraj Ali and
6. Constable Kasim Bakari, some seen on the picture above.

 
Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa told journalists in Mombasa that the consignment was seized in the wee hours of Thursday at a warehouse awaiting shipment through the port of Mombasa.

“This is a major breakthrough on war against poaching. We are investigating and hunting for more suspects behind this syndicate, “ Marwa said.

Marwa said the ivory pieces are believed to be part of latest smuggling ivory in the country.

Mombasa police chief Geoffrey Mayek said they are interrogating one suspect, identified as Sadiq Abdul Alim, a Kenyan manager working at the yard.

“The police and Kenya Wildlife Service officers have launched investigations to establish the source of the ivory and its owners, “ Mayek told Xinhua in Mombasa.

He said police believe the ivory proceeds are being used to finance radicalization and terrorism activities in the coastal region.


KWS director coast region Arthur Tuda said they suspected the ivory was hacked from more than 100 elephants from Tsavo National Park and other neighboring national parks.

“From the colorization and sizes of ivory its clear most of the elephants are from Tanzania and Congo. They were waiting to be shipped out of the country. It’s a recommendable job,” Tuda said.

The seizure of illegal ivory from Kenya continues despite KWS introducing the canine unit with sniffer dogs on a 24-hour basis at the Jomo Kenyatta in Nairobi and Moi International Airport in Mombasa to detect movements of illegal ivory.


The unit has since 2009 netted more than eight tons of raw and worked ivory.


This, according to the wildlife agency, has effectively led to reduced smuggling of illegal trophies. Plans are at an advanced stage by KWS to also introduce sniffer dogs at the Eldoret International Airport as well as other exit and entry points.


The elephant horns are sawn off and ground into a powder which is taken as a curative in most countries in Asia, despite no scientific evidence of medicinal properties.


KWS says the poaching situation calls for a united approach that will not only facilitate the capture of those involved in wildlife crime, but also enhance prosecution of the illegal killing and trafficking of wildlife.


Wildlife crime and related illegal trade is now globally ranked as one of the most serious international crimes.


Recent reports from wildlife conservationists indicated that proceeds of wildlife crime are also used to finance other international crimes including proliferation of illegal firearms, human trafficking and terrorism cartels of which no country or agency can single-handedly manage.

Kenya’s tourism industry depends on its wildlife resources and beach destinations and conservationists have blamed the continued poaching on the ready markets for the criminal networks that harvest the merchandise.

But where are the fate of the AP's who did this work?

Monday, June 09, 2014

KENYA BOMBINGS WATCH

SERIES OF ATTACKS

October 24, 2011
One person killed, more than 20 injured following grenade attack at Mwaura’s bar on Mfangano street. In a second blast the same day, 5 people died and 64 injured when a grenade was tossed into a moving vehicle near the OTC stage in downtown Nairobi.

October 27, 2011
Four people killed after a grenade is thrown at a vehicle ferrying KCSE examination material in Mandera.

24th November 2011
Three people killed in twin grenade attacks on Garissa’s Holiday Inn hotel.

April 4, 2012
Two people killed and 30 injured in grenade attacks at church crusade in Mtwapa.

April 28, 2012
One person is killed and 16 injured at God’s House of Miracles International Church in Ngara, Nairobi.

May 16, 2012
A security guard is killed after two grenades are lobbed into Bella Vista Bar, Mombasa.

May 28, 2012
One person is killed and 30 injured after an explosion rocks Assanands building on Moi Avenue in Nairobi.

June 25, 2012
One person is killed and several others injured during a grenade attack on Jericho pub in Mombasa.

July 1, 2012
17 killed and 40 injured in twin attacks on Garissa AIC and Catholic churches.

July 18, 2012
Four people are injured when two hand grenades explode at a barbershop in Wajir.

July 25, 2012
Three police officers are injured when their patrol hits a landmine.

August 3, 2012
One person is killed and six more injured in Eastleigh in  a suspected grenade attack.

August 28, 2012
Three policemen are killed and over a dozen wounded in a grenade attack during riots in Mombasa over the killing of Islamic cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed.

September 30, 2012
A boy is killed when a grenade is hurled at St Polycarp Anglican Church on Juja Road, Nairobi.

September 21, 2012
Four police officers and three civilians are injured in a series of two explosions. The first explosion targets a GSU lorry and the second explosion went off as officers rushed to the scene.

September 30, 2012
Two police officers are shot dead while on patrol on Ngamia Road in Garissa.

October 27, 2012
CID officer Yussuf Yero is killed in a Hagdera, Dadaab mosque as he reads the Koran.

November 1, 2012
A policeman is shot dead and another seriously injured by assailants in Garissa Town.

November 4, 2012
A policeman is killed and ten others injured in a grenade attack on a church.

November 18, 2012
Ten people are killed and 25 seriously injured when an explosive goes off in a matatu in Eastleigh.

December 5, 2012
An explosion goes off in the Joska area of Eastleigh, Nairobi, killing one person and wounding six others.

December 7, 2012
Five people are killed and eight others injured including Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan in an explosion near a mosque in Eastleigh.

December 19, 2012
Two people are injured after two blasts go off outside Al Amin mosque in Eastleigh.

January 4, 2013
Two people are killed and seven wounded in a grenade attack at Dagahale area in Garissa.

January 7, 2012
Four people including three police officers are seriously wounded in a grenade attack on a police car in Garissa Town.

January 16, 2013
Suspected Islamic militants shoot dead five people and injure three others at a restaurant in Garissa.

January 31, 2013
A blast injures three Kenyan policemen in Dagahalley, Dadaab. The explosion targeted a police vehicle.

February 2, 2013
A KDF soldier is killed in a blast in Wajir thrown at him by a terrorist.

April 18, 2013
Six people are killed and ten others seriously injured after four armed men walk into Kwa Chege Hotel in Garissa and start shooting.

June 9, 2013
Nearly simultaneous attacks in Eastleigh (Nairobi) and Likoni (Mombasa) leave at least 15 people injured.

September 21 2013
Armed gunmen attack the Westgate mall in Westlands, Nairobi, killing at least 63 people and injuring more than 150.

December 13, 2013
Double blasts in Wajir kill one person and injure three.

December 14, 2013
A grenade is thrown onto a minibus in Eastleigh, killing four people and injuring 36 others.

March 31, 2014
Twin explosions kill six people in Eastleigh.

April 23, 2014
A car explodes at the Pangani police station, killing the four occupants: the driver, a passenger, and two police officers.

May 16, 2014
Two bombs killed 10 people and wounded 70 others Friday, tossing bodies into the air at a market in Nairobi

Monday, June 02, 2014

MANDERA NEEDS TO BE PEACEFUL FOR MEANINGFUL DEVELOPMENT

MANDERA, KENYA: 

Police have gunned down two suspected terrorists at a road barrier near Mandera town. According to the police, the two were on a mission to carry out deadly attack within the border town. 

Confirming the incident to the Standard, the Mandera County police Commander Noah Mwivanda said, the police recovered eight hand grenades from their vehicle as the third suspect escaped unhurt. Our officers acting on a tip off from residents waylaid the suspect a head on a road they were to use on their way to the town. The officers erected a temporary roadblock where the suspects were cornered, he said. 

On reaching the police road barrier at Shafshafey village, the terrorists who defied an order to stop hurled three hand grenades at our officers. But our officers engaged them in a fierce gun fight, killing two of them instantly, he added. The officers towed the Probox vehicle to the Mandera police station, where upon searching 8 hand grenades clandestinely wrapped in polythene bags were recovered.

These terrorists were on serious mission to harm innocent Kenyans and destroy their hard earn property. If they would have entered our town undetected today we would have been talking of a massive deaths and destruction, he explained. 


The county police boss said, they suspect the gunned down terrorists were youth recruited from the county and used by the Al-Qaeda inspired Somali Islamist group, Al-Shabaab to carry out explosive attacks against Kenyans in the North-Eastern region.

PROMINENT SHEIKH KILLED IN GARISSA.....STOP THIS

GARISSA, KENYA: 

Killing of Sheikhs or any other Human being is not a good sign for everyone. Last Night, a prominent Muslim religious leader was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in Garissa town on Sunday night just 24 hours, after one person was killed and three others seriously injured. 

Garissa County Police Commander Charles Kinyua said Sheikh Abdirashid was shot several times at close range by people armed with guns just a few metres from Khalifa Mosque near Garissa General Hospital where he went for evening prayers (Isha). The Sheikh was one of the few remaining Sheikhs who knew Islam properly and used to preach Islam. The Motives of the Killers is not known.

The Police Boss said the identity of the killers is not yet known. However, he ruled out the hands of the Islamist Somalia militia group, Al-Shabaab which has been blamed for previous killings in the town. Nowadays, any shooting of Important Muslims is viewed as "Internal" struggle between Muslims even if it was done by any other and even non-Muslims...Sorry for this state of Muslims.

"Although the incident just happened last night (8.45 pm) and our officers, led by my OCPD, are still doing more investigations, the circumstance at which the religious leader was gunned down by his attackers is different from the usual Al-Shabaab attacks which usually targets crowded places," he added. "It is too early to speculate about the motive of the killing. The circumstances tell us the assailants had a grudge with the deceased," he said. He said they are investigating possible rivalry the deceased might have had with some of his colleagues opposed to him preaching in some mosques.

According to sources, the sheikh survived a previous similar attack when he was ambushed at a local hotel.

Muslims must guard their few "educated" ones from possible killings as this will practically finish Islam in Future...
GARISSA, KENYA: A prominent Muslim religious leader was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in Garissa town on Sunday night just 24 hours, after one person was killed and three others seriously injured. Garissa County Police Commander Charles Kinyua said Sheikh Abdirashi was shot several times at close range by people armed with guns just a few metres from Klalifa Mosque near Garissa General Hospital where he went for evening prayers (Isha). He said the identity of the killers is not yet known. However, he ruled out the hands of the Islamist Somalia militia group, Al-Shabaab which has been blamed for previous killings in the town. "Although the incident just happened last night (8.45 pm) and our officers, led by my OCPD, are still doing more investigations, the circumstance at which the religious leader was gunned down by his attackers is different from the usual Al-Shabaab attacks which usually targets crowded places," he added. "It is too early to speculate about the motive of the killing. The circumstances tell us the assailants had a grudge with the deceased," he said. He said they are investigating possible rivalry the deceased might have had with some of his colleagues opposed to him preaching in some mosques.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/thecounties/article/2000123315/prominent-cleric-shot-dead-in-garissa

Sunday, June 01, 2014

KENYANS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOMALIS.....

FACTS ABOUT SOMALIS

Somalis are the biggest ethnic group representing cushites of Kenya.

Of all the 42+ tribes of Kenya, Somalis occupy the biggest chunk of land in Kenya, an area more than 10 times of Nyanza province.

Somalis are the sixth biggest tribe in Kenya according to the recent Kenya national bureau of statistics census 2010 with more than 2.35 million people.

The Somali region in Kenya was formerly called the northern frontier districts (NFD) or north eastern and parts of upper eastern provinces.

The Somali region of Kenya was the first part of Kenya to have conducted a referendum way back in 1962. At that time, Somalis wanted to "secede" from Kenya and join their kinsmen of Somalia. It was rejected and hence launched the much talked about "shifta war" which was un-successful.

After the shifta war, the Somali north eastern province was "thoroughly" neglected by the Kenya governments, hence you hear of "marginalization. Basic education, healthcare, security, infrastructure were all absent.

Somalis from 1980's decided to work closely with the rest of Kenyans as one country called Kenya despite effects of marginalization.

Somalis are true nationalists of the Republic of Kenya.

 
 

They believe that, they were the first people to have settled in Kenya, followed by the highland Nilotes (Masaais, Samburus, Kalenjins and Turkana) who they first interacted with.
They were followed by Bantus (Kikuyu, Merus, Luhyas, Kisiis) who came from Cameroon and Congo forests and then by Mijikendas, Kambas, Taita (who came from southern Tanzania, Malawi and as far as Zambia and Mozambique 200 years ago.

Kenya has border with 5 countries and Indian Ocean. Tanzania (taveta, namanga, isebania), Uganda (Busia), south Sudan (Nadapal), Ethiopia (Moyale) and Somalia (Liboi, Elwak, Mandera). Of all these, Kenya-Somalia border is thought to sneak in "foreigners"...and Somalis pass a lot of difficulties to prove they are Kenyans...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I AM A BRITISH CITIZEN NOT A SECOND CLASS CITIZEN ...IT ALSO HAPPENS IN KENYA

Coming through passport control is an ordeal, I am followed on the street and hassled by security services. Not all citizens enjoy the same rights
'I have been detained, questioned and harassed almost every time I have passed through Heathrow airport. In 10 years, only one of my colleagues has been stopped.' Photograph: David Franklin/Getty Images
 
If you are British and think that every British citizen enjoys the same rights, my story and those of thousands of others should convince you otherwise.

I arrived in Britain in 1999 having fled the civil war in my home country, Somalia. My asylum application was approved a year later. During that time I was given accommodation and a weekly food voucher worth £35. For this I will always be grateful.

As soon as I was permitted to seek employment I started looking for a job. I worked in a laundry, a warehouse and as a taxi driver – simply to survive. Later I trained to become a journalist.

I joined Channel 4 News as a reporter, largely covering Africa – a role that required frequent travelling. And that is when my nightmare at the hands of Britain's security services began. I have been detained, questioned and harassed almost every time I have passed through Heathrow airport. In 10 years, only one of my colleagues has been stopped.

During the past five years I have also been repeatedly approached by security services trying to "recruit" me. The incentives they offer range from a "handsome salary" or a "nice car" to a "big house". I have even been told that they "could help me marry four wives". I have declined all their offers. Their psychological tactics include telling me how easy it is for them to take away my British passport and destroy my career – and even my life.

I have received regular phone calls from people I believe to be Special Branch, who invite me for a "chat over coffee". "No thanks, I don't drink coffee," I reply.

As someone who appears on television regularly it is not unusual for strangers to greet you in the street or even ask questions about a particular story you've done. But the people who follow me on the street – the spies (I call them "the Vauxhall guys") – have a different approach. After introducing themselves by their first names they declare their interest. Would I like a chat and a coffee. It won't take long. Their hunting ground is London's Victoria station, which I use regularly.

I go to the EU and British passport holders' queue when returning through Heathrow airport; I observe with interest as fellow travellers file smoothly past border control. Yet when I approach, trouble always follows. "Where are you from?", "How did you obtain a British passport?", "Have you ever been in trouble with immigration?" I answer all their questions courteously and respectfully until the inevitable happens and the official says: "Take a seat, I will be back."

Returning from my most recent trip, I took my regular seat near the control desk. Half an hour later a grey-suited man sat next to me."Hello, how are you?" he asked. "Are you from Somalia? I hear from other Somalis that things are improving now. That is what I would like to talk to you about."

I told him that I didn't particularly want to talk about Somalia and that I just wanted to go home. "Don't try and be difficult," he snapped at me. "I'll detain you if you don't answer my questions." And so it continued for another 15 minutes, during which he continued with his threats and with calling me an "idiot" and a "bad person", claiming "you will die angry and the world would be a better place without people like you". Finally he compared me to "the racist thugs we are fighting".

If there is one thing I've learned from such encounters, it is that carrying a British passport doesn't necessarily make you feel British. I came to this country to seek sanctuary. I am a multi-award winning journalist. I am an immigrant and a refugee – but I am still made to feel like an asylum seeker.

I am a Muslim, an African and a Somali. And should the security services be reading this: I am a British citizen. Please treat me like one.