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Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 19:59 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
A youthful candidate has entered the race for the Wajir East parliamentary seat with a bang. Dr Ali Mohamud, a medical practitioner with Phd in pharmacology and an MBA-trained renowned entrepreneur, is making his political debut for the constituency which encompasses Wajir Town's central business district and its environs.
Dr Ali, as he is popularly known, is probably the youngest candidate in the race. He promises to change the character of Wajir politics by infusing a high degree of openness in order to inculcate the people's confidence in the political process and unleash entrepreneurial capacity of the residents, including in particular the youth and women.
Banking on his past development record as well as the goodwill of the local people yearning for change, Dr Ali held a series of meetings with various groups in Wajir Town today in preparation for his impending launch of his campaign. His candidature is expected to excite many voters who have been yearning for a new leadership in Wajir East.
These reporters caught up with Dr Ali at the Wajir Hilton Hotel today where he was addressing supporters and sat to discuss his ideas and vision for the constituency. He said his main reason for joining the race was to bring an all-inclusive leadership to Wajir's most cosmopolitan constituency that has largest ethnic diversity in this region.
"My candidature is unique in the sense that I want to work with all the people of Wajir East. This constituency has become a home for many. I differentiate myself from the rest of aspirants because I am opposed to the politics of the few, where many don’t enjoy. I have a history of accommodative leadership and I intend to bring all our people together. I am energetic and stand the best chance of rallying the human, financial and political resources at our disposal to transform this great constituency," he said.
With his entry, the anticipation for a tough race the Wajir East MP bid is strong in the coming August polls. A head of his first public tour, the aspirant sold his political manifesto to small groups of people including elders, youth leaders and other supporters at Wajir Hilton Hotel, ahead of a grand rally in Wajir Town on a date he's yet to announce.
A considerable section of people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds from the cosmopolitan constituency showed up and beat the drums for the man whom they praised as the change they all want. The aspirant will face the incumbent MP Abass Sheikh Mohamed of the ruling Jubilee Party and Rashid Kassim of the opposition Wiper Democratic Movement. He, however, is yet to decide on which party ticket he will run on, saying his choice will depend on a number of factors still unfolding.
Stressing on his zeal for the right of the young generation and the women, Dr Ali explained his promise: "'We will free the young men and women from the mental subordination that has ruined their present and future, often the budgeted resources meant to elevate their living standards don't benefit them because it is embezzled.
"I will make sure that no school-going student finds difficulty in paying school fees; that our women have their share in the constituency cake, and their mini businesses are funded from the development kitty,” he told the Kenya Free Press.
Preaching peace, Dr Ali encouraged his audience to be peace ambassadors of Wajir County. “As we all embark on supporting our political favourites, we also need to maintain the spirit of brotherhood and unity and not let anyone disturb the peace we are enjoying now in favour of tribalism, we all pray for a free and fair elections".
The aspirant is well known for his philanthropic activities in Northern Kenya through the Generation for Change Organization.
The writers are contributing reporters for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County