El­ders de­fend de­ci­sion to pick lead­ers

It unites clans and gives mem­bers of smaller groups a chance to lead, they say

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

When a com­mu­nity al­lows el­ders to se­lect lead­ers to run for elec­tion, it en­hances unity and co­he­sion, Garre Coun­cil of El­ders chair­man Haji Ali Noor has said.

It also gives mem­bers of smaller groups an op­por­tu­nity to lead, he said.

In the com­mu­nity, the 21 sub­clans present a list of peo­ple they sup­port and the el­ders then pick the lead­ers from the list. This fos­ters unity in Man­dera county, he said.

Speak­ing to the press in Man­dera town yes­ter­day, Noor said el­ders will seek to rally the com­mu­nity to sup­port the se­lected can­di­dates.

“The list was pre­sented to us by the sub­clans in the county. What we did was only to pick the best from the group. We did not just wake up and come up with names, be­cause do­ing so would have back­fired,” he said.

Gov­er­nor hope­ful Has­san Noor Has­san, a long-serv­ing pro­vin­cial ad­min- is­tra­tor, said he would strictly abide by the treaty “even if they state that I only run for one term”. He spoke to the press sep­a­rately. Has­san has been cho­sen by the el­ders to run for gov­er­nor.

Gov­er­nor Ali Roba was re­cently quoted by the me­dia say­ing that in 2013, they were not in­formed by the coun­cil that they would serve for only one term. “Had this been made clear to us dur­ing that time, we would have made much more in­formed de­ci­sions since some of us were in the cor­po­rate world,” he said.

Mean­while, Man­dera politi­cians have been or­dered to no­tify po­lice be­fore hold­ing po­lit­i­cal meet­ings.

This fol­lows the Tak­aba meet­ing that turned chaotic when a new po­lit­i­cal lineup was read by the el­ders.

County com­mis­sioner Fredrick Shisia told the press the law gives guide­lines on hold­ing po­lit­i­cal meet­ings.

“You need to no­tify po­lice 24 hours prior to hold­ing a po­lit­i­cal meet­ing so they can pro­vide se­cu­rity,” he said.

Shisia said po­lice in Tak­aba con­trolled the vi­o­lence and only six peo­ple were in­jured.


Gov­er­nor hope­ful Has­san Noor, Banisa MP as­pi­rant Ku­low Maalim and Man­dera North MP hope­ful Mo­hamed Ibrahim. They are some of the can­di­dates se­lected by the Garre Coun­cil of El­ders to run for elec­tion

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