I’ve set up growth projects, vote for me, Jama tells non-lo­cals

Crit­i­cises court cases he says his ad­min­is­tra­tion is bat­tling as one of the rea­sons that slowed him down. Some 27 cases have been filed against his ad­min­is­tra­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern/Eastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Garissa Gov­er­nor Nathif Jama yes­ter­day ap­pealed to the elec­torate to give him a sec­ond chance so he can pro­pel the county to greater heights of de­vel­op­ment.

He ad­dressed more than 1,000 non-res­i­dents in Garissa to seek their sup­port ahead of the polls. Jama said his ad­min­is­tra­tion has per­formed well in terms of ini­ti­at­ing de­vel­op­ment projects, de­spite many prob­lems.

He crit­i­cised court cases that his ad­min­is­tra­tion is bat­tling as one of the rea­sons that slowed him down.

Jama said 27 cases have been filed against his ad­min­is­tra­tion since he took of­fice.

“My po­lit­i­cal de­trac­tors have made it a habit to hop from one court to another to frus­trate me and en­sure I don’t de­liver,” he said.

“We are the only county which doesn’t have a county lands board, thanks to a court in­junc­tion from a res­i­dent from this county.”

Last week, a Nairobi court ruled that Jama un­law­fully sacked three ex­ec­u­tives.

The Em­ploy­ment and Labour Re­la­tions Court di­rected that Mukhtar Bu­lale (Wa­ter), Alah Yakub (En­vi­ron­ment) and Trade’s Idriss Mukhtar be paid their dues, in­clud­ing salaries for 24 months, im­me­di­ately.

Jama has another case in which he is ac­cused of not com­ply­ing with pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dures when ex­e­cut­ing a con­tract with the Kenya Red Cross E-plus for am­bu­lance ser­vices, a ser­vice which did not take off.

The gov­er­nor urged non-res­i­dents to vote for him based on his track record. He promised to con­sider them dur­ing ap­point­ments in his ad­min­is­tra­tion. Jama said Garissa is a cos­mopoli­tan town that re­quires a leader to unite all the com­mu­ni­ties and fos­ter peace.

STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Gov­er­nor Nathif Jama in Garissa town yes­ter­day/

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