The Star (Kenya)

Garissa’s Ko­rakora res­i­dents protest hir­ing of ‘out­sider’ chief

Say they will re­sist un­til the ap­point­ment is re­voked

- STEPHEN ASTARIKO/ Crime · Politics · Muhammad Ali

Res­i­dents of Korokora in Garissa sub­county on Thurs­day took to the streets to protest against the pro­mo­tion of an as­sis­tant chief to a chief, claim­ing he is an ‘out­sider’.

Isaack Ahmed, who has been the as­sis­tant chief of Ko­rakora for 11 months, was this week pro­moted in a cir­cu­lar from the In­te­rior min­istry.

But res­i­dents said the ad­min­is­tra­tor is not from the area and so he will not serve them well.

Speak­ing to the press af­ter the protests, the res­i­dents led by el­der Ab­dul­lahi Abdi said they will con­tinue to protest un­til the ap­point­ment is re­voked.

Abdi said they had stayed with­out a chief for close to two years af­ter the for­mer re­tired.

“We are here to show our dis­plea­sure against the move by the gov­ern­ment. Res­i­dents who ap­plied for the po­si­tion were left out,” he said.

Mo­hamed Ali, an­other res­i­dent, said all they want is to have an ad­min­is­tra­tor who is a lo­cal.

“We are ask­ing the gov­ern­ment to re­voke his ap­point­ment. We want to have a lo­cal whom we can work with,” he said.

Hawa Ahmed said they will not al­low the chief to step into his new of­fice.

Area county com­mis­sioner Meru Mwangi told journalist­s that res­i­dents com­plaints are be­ing ad­dressed.


 ?? /STEPHEN ASTARIKO ?? Garissa county com­mis­sioner Meru Mwangi
/STEPHEN ASTARIKO Garissa county com­mis­sioner Meru Mwangi

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