GULEID MOHAMMED: HIS GOVERNOR’S BIGGEST ENEMY
GULEID MOHAMMED , ISIOLO DEPUTY GOVERNOR AND CCM CHAIRMAN/ “He is irked by the humongous governor’s budget. “It is immoral for one person to have a budget of more than Sh200 million per year and yet 70 per cent of the Kenyans are poor.
HIS boss reshuffled his Cabinet recently, but Mohammed Guleid, the deputy Governor of Isiolo, was not only left in the dark, but was one of the victims of the shuffle.
Two weeks ago, his Chief Officer was recalled and seconded to the Governor’s office without any consultation whatsoever.
What this means is that the office of the deputy governor has no Vote because there is no CO to approve expenditure.
The 46-year-old deputy Governor has had to watch from the periphery as his boss, Godana Doyo, effects changes in the county government without consultation.
“He is a bit insecure and does not want anyone to steal the thunder from him,” Guleid, also chairman of Isaac Ruto’s Chama Cha Mashinani Party, says.
He has not attended a Cabinet meeting for three years and has no idea what is happening at that level.
“I attended Cabinet meetings for the first two years only.”
Because of being incessantly sidestepped in decision-making, Guleid has been mulling over resigning but decided to hang on until next year.
The enmity between Doyo and Guleid has reached a point of no return. Guleid wants to unseat his boss next year and he has been announcing this from every available rooftop whenever he gets an opportunity.
Guleid says northern Kenya is still underdeveloped, despite devolution.
“We had anticipated that the northern Kenya counties will develop through devolution, but we haven’t seen any changes. Our poverty rates are increasing and we ought to elect credible leaders.”
He will be using a motorbike to campaign, not a Range Rover, in order to identify himself with the common man.
He is irked by the humongous governor’s budget. “It is immoral for one person to have a budget of more than Sh200 million per year and yet 70 per cent of the Kenyans are poor. The money should have been used to uplift the living standards of those who are poverty-stricken. I will prioritize the needs of the poor,” he emphasizes.
He decries the alleged use of Sh68 million in fencing the County Referral Hospital. “These monies should have been used to buy drugs and medical equipment for the facility.
He said the county government misplaced its priorities by using Sh88 million in the upgrading of the Isiolo Stadium.
2013: Many governors see their deputies as potential opponents. The best they can make of it is to stop any attempt by deputies to shine. Through the constitutionally granted powers, the governor can frustrate his deputy by denying him the benefits of the office. The other employees are directly answerable to the governor, but not the deputy, therefore in the event of a show of power they are likely to succumb to the governor. Only in a few counties is there a power- sharing arrangement similar to that of the President and his deputy. In areas where there has been a political alliance of different political parties, the coalition is able to withstand only if a bargain between the two county bosses exists.”
2016: “There is a general feeling of apathy among the people. This is not only in Mandera but nationally; that public service is about enriching oneself and therefore leadership should be rotated to give others their time ‘to eat’ as well. Even though rotational leadership denies people their democratic right based on universal suffrage, it makes sense, especially when chances of a small number of people out to monopolise the politics of the country might exclude a large section of society from taking part in governance.”
IN FIVE MINUTES From community work to deputy county chief 1970: Born in Isiolo 1986: Garbatulla High School, KCSE 1989
1991-2005: Free University, Holland, Cultural Anthropology degree, graduated in 2005.
2006-2012: Involved in community work and business
2013: Elected deputy Governor, Isiolo county
THE ENMITY BETWEEN DOYO AND GULEID HAS REACHED A POINT OF NO RETURN. GULEID WANTS TO UNSEAT HIS BOSS NEXT YEAR AND HE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCING THIS FROM EVERY AVAILABLE ROOFTOP