Garre council of el­ders lists 2017 can­di­dates for Man­dera county

They have picked former ad­min­is­tra­tor Has­san Noor to re­place Gover­nor Ali Roba

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

The Garre Council of El­ders has listed the can­di­dates who will run for po­lit­i­cal seats next year.

The council of 21 mem­bers, led by chair­man Haji Ali, read the list to res­i­dents in Tak­aba on Sun­day.

They picked Has­san Noor for gover­nor. The former long-serv­ing provin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tor will run against Gover­nor Ali Roba.

Roba has de­fied the clan’s de­ci­sion to bar him from run­ning for re­elec­tion and has said he will go all the way to the bal­lot.

Has­san Os­man has been picked to re­place Se­na­tor Bil­low Ker­row, who ac­cepted the elder’s ver­dict. Os­man is a nom­i­nated MP on the UDF ticket.

Aden Haji and Kul­low Maalim have been picked to run for Tak­aba and Banisa con­stituen­cies. Mo­hamed Ibrahim will run for Man­dera North MP.

All the 18 MCA po­si­tions in Man­dera county have also been filled with new peo­ple. Chair­man Ali said the de­ci­sion was reached unan­i­mously and it is bind­ing.

He said the el­ders will an­nounce the names of the can­di­dates for woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive and Man­dera West MP later.

Ali said they are giv­ing the re­spec­tive clans time to present the names of their pre­ferred can­di­dates.

Dur­ing vet­ting, each sub­clan pre­sented three names. The el­ders in­ter­viewed the nom­i­nees and picked one.

Ali said the el­ders’ ne­go­ti­ated democ­racy, which has been praised and crit­i­cised in equal mea­sure, is meant to foster unity among the clans and give the mi­nor­ity a chance to lead.

There was a slight scuffle af­ter some dis­grun­tled res­i­dents, who were un­happy with how the process was car­ried out, started shout­ing.

Six peo­ple were slightly in­jured, but po­lice re­stored or­der af­ter a few min­utes.

The de­ci­sion to have all the po­lit­i­cal seats held by the cur­rent oc­cu­pants va­cated and oc­cu­pied by oth­ers was mooted three months ago.

/HEZRON NJOROGE / MONICAH MWANGI

Clock­wise from top left, Man­dera Se­na­tor Bil­low Ker­row, Gover­nor Ali Roba, nom­i­nated MP Has­san Os­man and Has­san Noor

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