MOGADISHU – A Banadir regional court in Somali capital, Mogadishu has sentenced three people [2 men and 1 woman] to death for the brutal killing of Ahmed Mukhtar last year in marriage dispute case.
Mukhtar, a father of 12, was burned to death by in-laws last Sept after his nephew marred a girl from “major clan” in Mogadishu. The victim was from one of the “minority clans” in Somalia.
Four others were also acquitted.
Asli Ahmed, Aweys Idow and Hussein Idow were sentenced to death after pleaded guilty for the murder of Ahmed Mukhtar, who was burned to death in Sept 20, 2018.
Historically, Somalis discriminate against the Somali Bantu, the Madhiban, the Tumal, and the Yibir and treated them unfairly as low-caste citizens.
Many clans simply shun these minority groups and seldom intermarry with them.
The government of Siad Barre (1969-1991) was the first to openly condemn injustice and discrimination toward minorities.
The burning and killing of Mukhtar for being a Bantu comes as a defining moment in the modern history of Mogadishu, one that has sent ripples of shame and disgust through Somali society.
In the past, there have been some incidents of violence and deeply entrenched discrimination in the northern part of the country.
But this murder in Mogadishu was a shocker.
The capital of Somalia has always been a favorite for many minorities because no one cares much about their clan identity.