Garre el­ders’ line-up de­fied

Pop­u­lar Roba to run for re­elec­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - LEWIS NYAUNDI @TheS­tarKenya

A sec­tion of Man­dera lead­ers have de­fied the dik­tat of the Garre Coun­cil of El­ders, re­fused to step down and de­clared they will run for re­elec­tion.

In a “ne­go­ti­ated democ­racy” ar­range­ment, the 21 el­ders de­creed in Au­gust that most lead­ers should step down and make way for those they en­dorsed.

How­ever, sev­eral Ju­bilee lead­ers on Sun­day said a few in­di­vid­u­als have no right to make an im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion on be­half of an en­tire com­mu­nity.

They are Mo­hamed Noor (Man­dera North), Mo­hamed Mo­hamud (Man­dera West), Mo­hamed Ha­jji (Banisa), Mo­hamed Adan (Man­dera South) and sev­eral MCAs.

Speak­ing at Ko­tulu, each dis­missed the el­ders’ de­ci­sion on who will run for which seats.

They called it an in­fringe­ment on their demo­cratic, con­sti­tu­tion- al rights. They said they will sup­port Gover­nor Ali Roba’s re­elec­tion, de­spite the el­ders’ de­ci­sion.

“We have come out to de­clare that 21 peo­ple can­not de­cide for a whole com­mu­nity. We want those who gave us the man­date to be in of­fice to be the same peo­ple who will de­cide whether we should leave or we should be re­elected,” Mo­hamud said.

“We will be on the bal­lot to de­fend our seats on the Ju­bilee Party ticket.”

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