July 21st 2017

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Meticulous Wajir Assembly speaker Omar seeks to replicate legislating prowess in Parliament

As a first Speaker of Wajir County Assembly, he has been instrumental in laying the legislative foundation for the county, ensuring the passge of legislation that have enabled the county government and MCAs to implement their development programmes.

By Abdirahman Rashid Farahabdirahmancajab@gmail.comMonday, 03 Apr 2017 13:19 EAT

Mr Omar addressing his supporters earlier today.

The Wajir County Assembly Speaker Bishar Omar today landed at Wajir International Airport to a heroes welcome after traveling from Nairobi where he had been for a few days addressing party nomination issues for his second stab at the Wajir East parliamentary seat. 

Dozens of residents and a number of vehicles kept waiting for him at the airport and immediately the plane he was aboard touched down, he was accompanied by the supporters on a short road show from the airport into town before he eventually addressed a rally at Orahey Grounds. 

Mr Omar, who has vast public service experience, having worked as public health officer in Wajir county, project manager for Kenya Red Cross Society and now in politics, was received by people from all walks of life who have pegged their hopes on winning the seat that he lost in 2013 general elections to the incumbent Abass Sheik Mohamed.

Immediately after the election, he was elected by the members of the county assembly as the first speaker of Wajir County Assembly, where he has presided over vibrant debate in the chambers and leading the passage of bills that have governed the county to date. Besides being a politician, the Speaker is rich in education and job experience, holding a Masters of Public Health from Maseno University.

As the first Speaker of Wajir County Assembly, he has been instrumental in laying the legislative foundation for the county, ensuring the passge of legislation that have enabled the county government and MCAs to implement their development programmes. These include not only the mandatory finance bills but also development bills, education bursary bill and also important motions that have defined the parameters of governance in the county.

The speaker told this writer during an interview that Wajir County Assembly members have successfully executed their duties including proper legislation both at house level and committee level, and he was all praise for the MCAs, able leadership of the Clerk to the county assembly and other staff members with whom he have worked over the last five years.


The aspirant speaking to his supporters.

The aspirant is running on the Party of Development and Reforms, which is affiliated to the Jubilee Party. He said he fully supports President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election and locally will be championing the election campaign of Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Mohamud as the Wajir county governor. He said the ambassador deserves to win the seat since he can garner votes from entire Wajir County, and has the necessary political, public sector and private sector experience.

The Speaker opposes negotiated democracy, believing that the constitution sets the requirements for candidates for political office and that individuals, once certified fit by the IEBC, should not be stopped from running for office on the basis of backroom deals. "I am in the race and my development track will sell me," he said.

Today at the rally, he addressed the needs of Wajir East residents that he said the present administration had not catered to adequately, naming free secondary education, accessibility of electricity, water, security, maternal healthcare, eradicating poverty and supporting youth and woman.

Regarding national politics, Mr Omar supports the Jubilee administration because of what he termed the successful development track of President Kenyatta. He wants the electorate of Wajir east constituency to vote for him as the only one who can genuinely transform their condition of life.

Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County





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