From Nairobi, Kenya
February 17, 2012
By Boniface Ongeri and Adow Jubat:
Mandera elders 'anoint' county officials
Published on 17/02/2012
In a move likely to shake
politics in Northern Eastern, Mandera's most
populous community has named its nominees for
top county positions.
Leaders of the Gurreh community
say those who have been ‘anointed’ will not be
subjected to any competition in the General
Captain Ali Ibrahim Roba
a traditional process that took more than two
years, the community Council of Elders settled
on Ali Ibrahim Roba for governor. In addition,
elders say they have also identified nominees to
run in three of the six local constituencies
dominated by the Gurreh community.
They include Mohamed Maalim
Mohamud (Takaba constituency), Mohamed Abdi Haji
(Banisa) and Mohamed Adan Huka (Mandera South).
Mohamud is currently the MP for Mandera West,
which is set to be split. The ‘anointed’ team is
now viewed within the county as the elect
leaders waiting to take over office.
The elders say the decision was reached after
consultations. "The process started more than
two years ago and was concluded last December,"
said Maalim Alinur, the chairman
of the 21-member Council of Elders representing
the sub-clans of the Gurreh community.
"Potential candidates were asked
to apply, they were interviewed and we zeroed in
on those we have named," he said.
There were nine aspirants who
applied to become governor. They were Abdikadir
Adan Chitto, Mohamud Sheikh Adan and Ali.
Chitto is a former clerk to
County Council of Mandera. Ali is the Director
of Flight Operation for DAC Aviation East Africa
The council enjoys support from
politicians, professionals, women, youth,
religious leaders and the business community.
Alinur said the council had opted for someone
with no political history.