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AMB (ENG) MAHBOUB M. MAALIM: The Unsung Hero of the Horn of Africa

By Ali Sheikh

History have had enough records stretching out from individuals’ achievements, issue of clock or occasion to pass on through time. Our daily association with others obviously enables us to hear or get included with particularly unique kind of person or progressively champion people who have had creative thinking that caused impulsion to our everyday motivations. Through time, however, its tested certainty right that learned nit-pickers or sometimes as we call them “perfectionist” among us invoke stimulant by basically remembering the achievement of the extraordinary records of our past unsung heroes, heroine and title holders whose pertinent contribution and àpropos commitments have had constructive impact to individuals of our time. These very young perfectionist in our region (North eastern region- Kenya) yearning for nothing other than to ascertain out ethically moral and acceptable individuals within our larger social order. They don’t give up in their pursuit of entities or personalities who surpassed challenges and excel life through moral excellence as a showcase. These genius and go-getters are very rear in any society, you hear about them, you feel their accomplishments but when you meet them they are very simple, humble and humorous.

Amb Mahboub Maalim

These very type of people are identified through their candid and boldness in acting on, avoiding on or denouncing at all whosoever is not doing the right thing in the right place or otherwise acting in unfair style no matter how weirdly they may react to the moral opinions so spoken. Generally speaking, the dichotomous role of such progressively champion people of our time posit an instrumental teachings to every one of us; the first lesson could be their ethical dependability. Whereas the second aspect of their character is integrity; devoid from all filthy fouls and faulty vulgarism. Indeed the consistency of their struggle to keep intrinsic worth and honest lifestyle propelled them to the highest level of life. In an ideal society acting onto impartiality will certainly hang on to this kind of individuals to epitomise them as an iconic proposition tantamount to role-play to others. As of the known chronicle in North-eastern province, quite few champions’ historical records are recollected, perhaps for the reason of their heroic marathon in battlefield either defeating their enemies or defending their land from incursion. Such noble entities among other include; Haji Abdirahman Sh. Mursal alias Serinley, Abdi Ibrahim, Ahmed Magan, Madey Ali, Mohamed Magan, Olol Diinle etc. This kind of historical narratives have lived with us public, up until we developed psychological tendency to accept it true that unsung heroes are only those who could fight in a bloody battle. Numerous youngsters of today in North-eastern region of course feel that they have no ethically developmental heroes or heroines to take after in plain.

Their understanding scope of people who have had any kind of effect on the planet reaches out to only those alien celebrities, largely the game stars (sports), music starts or perhaps to someone in socio-politics affairs such as Nelson MandelaKwame Nkrumah, or Malcolm X etc. Commendable as some of these individuals might be, youngsters are by and large turn-off unconsciously the scope of achievement from the diverse fields of developments garnered by their own sons and daughters that can as well be viewed heroic accomplishment. Conspicuously more essential should be to those in their own society particularly in their own region, who actually have made a difference by standing up for, rescuing, or serving their people justly and honestly with exceptional expertise to cause influence, borne ideas beneficial to the society’s developmental agendas, or even earn inter-country fame by being prototypical leader. Informatively speaking, if Malala Yousafzai now 20 years old who was born in the small riverine valley of Swat district in Pakistan, where her father in the remote village was simply pre-primary school owner through which she participated educational issues of her own family business. By simply sharing the dairy she maintained during the dark era of Taliban rule in Swat valley, just after she survived the brutal bus accident wined her the Pakistani National Peace Award. The secret behind was her village mate; they extolled and treasured through appreciating the little work she did as a girl child and endorsed the world to hear the self-same story; at her won capacity, she did no effort to let others know about her narrative account. Belief me, from 2011 to 2014 Malala Yousafzai won the following awards; National Youth Award, Nobel Peace PrizeSakharov Prize, National Malala Peace Prize, Glamour Award for The Girls’ Hero, Simone de Beauvoir Prize, United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights, Mother Teresa Awards between 2011 to 2014.

Same is true to Alice Munro, she essentially mastered the learning of contemporary short story which later impelled her to win the Governor General’s Awards before proceeding to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013. Alice Munro’s society glorified, treasured and spoke volume for the world to hear, see and escalate their daughters ‘talent to a point of global outlook.  Alice became the first Canadian and the 13th woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. To what extent the society can be central stakeholder? Prerequisite prescriptions are costless but modestly consists three inseparable dosages; firstly, encourage, stimulate and provide platform for those uncommon small numbers of us who can conclude tremendous achievement in their rendezvous field of specialization, secondly, there should be the intuitive bravery to accept, laud and value the unique [morally upright] strength of mind and the endeavours of our sons and daughters subsequent to their exceptional outcome in their work. Finally, from my own opinion conclusion, expressing genuine inclination when our genius/brilliant sons and daughters accomplish something typically exceptional, obviously in a skilful way. Thus by simply sharing their talent with others who may not know them is fundamental point of reference that gather high rank for their brain power faculty. I wonder how we tolerate self-centredness to jeopardise or repudiate or negate the talent of our sons and daughters. Why it become acceptable to act in prompt to display unreceptive emotions towards the great success of our men and women in the society? Who else are we expecting to tell the great contributions of unsung heroes?

My dear friends and foes of a shared values, to whom do we expect to convey on our behalf or re-count the real test of intelligence our great champions. Who will be in a proxy position to talk people like Amb (Eng) Mahboub M. Maalim who like other unacknowledged heroes or heroine of our society in the Horn region brought pronounced fame and tremendous triumph in his diverse leadership designations.

Maybe many of us may know Amb (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim in terms of his professional capacity and achievements, but may perhaps not know him in terms of his particular personal background. Strange is how much you have to know about others before you identify how little you know about them.

Eng. Mahboub Maalim hailed from humble religious household, where he was the second born in a family of 12 siblings. He grew up like any other classical Somali pastoralist’s boy, earlier on he maintained an opportunistic herding span. He was morally coached at home where his ethical behaviour was defined at the height of subjective responsibility—this influenced his life’s work, both in setting and sensibility. He began his primary education in Primary school where he graduated to Wajir High school for his secondary education. Later on Amb (Eng.) Mahboub earned M.Sc in Structural Designing/ Civil Engineering in 1992 at Texas A & I College in USA where he had already gained his BSc degree in Civil Engineering/ Structural Building. Before going to contemplate undergraduate study in the USA, he was trained on water Technology for three years in the Kenya Water Institute and completed in year 1978. His professional life began in June 1978 to June 1979 when he received his first assignment as an inspector of water responsible for water supplies, planning, construction, and operation and maintenance in Kenya, before being elevated to the position of District Water Engineer. In which position he served in urban towns in Kenya between 1979 and 1985. After earning his MSc in Civil Engineering, Eng. Mahboub Maalim’s career quickly changed over the next six years to executive level and expanded far beyond that of engineering field to become coordinator in multinational projects among them World Bank’s financed project known as “The drought Recovery Project in the arid lands of Kenya” for two years from 1994 to 1996— this gave him experience in planning, budgeting, financing and implementing multi-sectoral development programmes.

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Ali Sheikh

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