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.

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - DOROTHY JE­BET @TheS­tarKenya

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.

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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

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