Contributed by Abdul Qani Hassan and Bilqays Ibrahim
Ubah Abdi Gedi who lost Nomination to fathiya Mahbub last Year have won Maendeleo ya Wanawake primary early on Wednesday, capturing a huge margin of votes after a bitter nominating contest. she defeated the incumbent Fatuma Haji Ibrahim Daughter of the famous (Sajin Ibrahim or Dura Gora as popularly known in Mandera town )
Ubah received majority of nominations from Mandera North, Mandera west and Banisa while Fatuma Haji Ibrahim won mandera East and Elwak south. to make our follower understand the politics of Maendeleo ya wanawake primaries, for County MYWO Chairlady to win the seat, she must garner atleast 50% plus of delegate votes from the 27 County wards.
In the heated race Ubah Gedi emerged victorious over her rival, Fatuma Ibrahim (Nunaay), there is a report that Business men establishment heavily funded Ubah’s election win but Mandera County Forum cannot confirm or independently verify it. Zam Zam Abdullahi Yusuf chief campaigner of Fatuma Ibrahim Confirmed after election announcement that they have strategies in place to launch court injunction.
Ubah’s supporters celebrated at a victory party in Mandera Town earlier today, roaring with applause and cheers as results were announced.
AbdulQani is MCF Contributor.
President Museveni was treated to a rib tickler, when he came face to face with his look alike. Well, not in the real sense, but the man surely knows how to imitate the President.
CORD leaders full media briefing at Uhuru Park on their plans for the Saba Saba rally.
Picture this….the person calling people to prayer at a local mosque is a former drunkard who escaped death by a whisker after taking illicit brew. That is the reality that faithful at the Ngong town mosque are contending with. A man who survived the 2010 Shauri Moyo chang’aa tragedy which killed 22 people is now leading other faithful in trooping for prayers at the mosque.Our reporter has the story of Muhidin Hamza, popularly known as Abedi Pele.
Contributor: Manase Otsialo
YOUTHS in Mandera have been asked to form groups so as to get money from the Uwezo Fund. In a speech read on behalf of Governor Captain Ali Roba by ICT executive Abdiaziz Maad, the youth were told to register groups and societies.
“We do not deal with individuals,” read part of the speech. Roba said 75 per cent of area’s residents are youths. “Mandera county is young and its future is in the youths.I wish as the youths you do what you like so long as it’s of benefit to you,” said the statement.
Roba urged the youths to find opportunities and platforms created by the county government. “Come up with formidable business ideas and we will support you to realise your dreams as you are the cornerstone of our development agenda. Let’s change Mandera by shunning tribalism and use social media wisely by supporting one another for development and not exchanging inciting statements,” he said.
Most youths in county have been using facebook and twitter to fuel the Garre-Degodia inter-clan clash in the county. “Lets work and promote peaceful co-existence amongst the local communities,” said Roba.
The governor asked them to initiate ‘jua kali’ businesses besides using modern technology in the agricultural sector. He said River Daua is the lifeline of area residents as it’s the only natural water source that is supporting crop farming in the county.
The youths were also urged to desist from criminal activities as the region continues to face interclan conflicts and al Shabaab related attacks. The conference brought together more than 400 youths from the six sub counties of Banisa, Lafey, Elwak, Takaba, Mandera East and Rhamu
Contributor: Jaafar Shukri
Cord alliance leaders have declared July 7 a national holiday soon when they kicked off countrywide tour to push the government to have a national dialogue in the country. Even some ODM officials said they will swear in Raila Odinga as President if dialogue between the opposition and the government does not take place by July 7.
Many Kenyans are now asking themselves what could happen as we go nearer and nearer to July 7, for some it’s like fighting against democracy 24years later after we fought for it.
The first Saba Saba day was marked on 7. 7. 1990 under a hail of tear gas and a violent confrontation between Kenyans tired of the oppressive KANU regime and riot police who were agents of those seeking to protect the regime. By then Kenya had a dictatorial president who was for all intents and purposes a god, a mutilated constitution, an oppressed media with only one TV and one radio station that were mouthpieces of the regime, it was a one-party state, the intelligence services eavesdropped on all conversations and a wrong word could land you in the torture chambers, one could not freely trade in Forex, the judiciary sang to the tune of the president and so on and so on.
24 years later, Kenya has a new constitution, a presidency with term-limits, a free and vibrant media, freedom of expression with guys able to even question the president with no fatal repercussions, their many registered political parties and there are many ways Kenyans can air their grievances than mass action.
The Majority leader ,
Honorable speaker Mandera County assembly,
County Economic Advisor,
I am writing to explain why I am disappointed, with recent trip to Far east Asia by County assembly representatives to the tune of more than 15 million Kenya shilling inclusive hefty allowances.
I am drafting this open letter to begin with in the spirit of principle and believe that public funds must be expended for an authorized public purpose. An expenditure is made for a public purpose when its purpose is to benefit the public interest rather than private individuals or private purposes which wittingly or unwittingly as you may protest against will put the Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia trip under either of the above three categories.
Isn’t it strange but widely known that Mandera County can no longer afford to feed itself, provide world class education to its young generations, control mortality rate, or plan for its future generations. but its elected representatives thought it acceptable to claim refunds on expenses when they attend foreign trips, thought it is morally acceptable to dispatch as much members of the assembly to bank on allowances ? Even the explanations and the justification sounded rather thin and hardly believable. It is appalling to think public money were spent in this manner. Who is monitoring such claims? Mandera county representative definition and justification of the trip and the amount -related to expenses is bad enough – the image of the tearing up on a bus tour over world class facility built by morally compassed society in far East, and photo taking sessions like school trip deeply disturbs.
The attitude satirised in George Orwell’s Animal Farm appears to have been firmly entrenched in the County assembly well before they even celebrate the first anniversary i can reference back to Israel trip which never materialize any concerete outcome. However, this is about awful lot more than just fair use of public funds, it is ultimately about the quality of service of the wards the members represent, business like leadership to fight for their equal share of county resources to county wards, but indeed in the world of impunity and mirror of tribal shade, all is perfect and well, regardless of any darkness behind the mirror. It is even more concerning that you honourable speaker’s office is silent about this. What happened to your moral compass?
We the people, with the power of pen and paper will and shall not rest and we shall not take this lightly, in recognizing that’s why i am using power of literature to demonstrate my dissatisfaction, on how the MCA overlooked and failed to read the mood of mandera county residence.
Abdi Maalim Eda