Garre council of elders lists 2017 candidates for Mandera county
They have picked former administrator Hassan Noor to replace Governor Ali Roba
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.
Clockwise from top left, Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow, Governor Ali Roba, nominated MP Hassan Osman and Hassan Noor