Dozens of Garissa residents took to the streets on Wednesday night to celebrate the election of Somalia’s new president.
They hailed the new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, as a development oriented person whose leadership track has been proven by the small stint he had as prime minister.
Locals in convoys of vehicles and others walking waved Somalia flag, beat drums and sang “Somalia hanolato” (long live Somalia) as they matched in different parts of Garissa town.
“We believe the newly elected President will bring much needed change in Somalia, insecurity and corruption being the most challenging and complex thing in that country, we congratulate and at the same time pray for him in his new position,” said Mama Halima Abdi.
She said Mr Mohamed, commonly known as Farmajo has shown leadership qualities and brought some sense of governance in the war torn country.in the years that he was in public service.
The country has been dogged with insecurity as the internationally backed Somali government fight to get rid of Al-Shabaab who have claimed hundreds of lives for the past years.
Nairobi’s Eastleigh estate also erupted in jubilation and so was Dadaab refugee camp.
Farmajo emerged winner against the incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud after second round of voting by garnering 184 against 97 of Mr Mohamud who drop out of the race to avoid third round.
Some local leaders congratulated Farmajo for his election victory expressing hope that he will provide solutions to numerous challenges that the country has faced.
“We hope he will lead Somalia on a new path of reconstruction, reconciliation and stability,” wrote Garissa Township MP Aden Duale in his Facebook account.
Mr Duale at the same time lauded the incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for accepting the results of the elections while also thanking all Somali Government officials, members of parliament, electoral agency and the international community for what he said smooth and peaceful election.