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Friday, 07 Apr 2017 21:20 EATyarriska90som@live.com
A financial consultant is making waves in his debut run for the Tarbaj parliamentary seat here in Wajir County. Idiris Ali Abdullahi, 45, is a native of Wajir, born and bred in this town from where he emerged to reach the top echelons of the accounting practice and corporate management in Kenya.
The financial consultant rocked the constituency today with warm welcome by his supporters who traversed Wajir Town and its environs in a roadshow that elicited surprise and admiration of many residents. His convoy criss-crossed the four corners of the area as dozens of people waited to receive him at various stops. His convoy later converged at the historic Orahey Ground for a game-changing rally amid a heavy downpour.
Idris, who is running on the Jubilee Party ticket in a race that pits him against Ms Fatuma Ibrahim (ODM) and Ahmed Bashane (PDR), is confident that he will carry the day on election day. The three aspirants are all from the Fai family of the Degodia clan dominant in Wajir East and Tarbaj constituencies. Tarbaj was hived from Wajir East in the redistricting for the 2013 elections in which Mohamed Elmi (ODM), was elected the MP. Mr Elmi is retiring from active politics on personal grounds, throwing the race for the seat wide open.
A gifted academic performer, he did his KCPE at the local Tarbaj Primary School in 1985, the first class of 8-4-4 system, and thereafter joined Maseno National School where he did KCSE in 1989. Idris then attained his BCom degree from the University of Nairobi in 1995, and later graduated with MBA from a U.K. university. In addition, he has professional qualifications in accounts and fraud examination - CPA(K) and CFE (Certified Fraud Expert).
The aspirant has worked at the highest levels of accounting and management in Kenya. His most senior corporate appointment was as the Kenya country director for Hass Petroleum between 2007-2010. Before that, he had worked as an auditor between 1995-2003 at Deloitte. From 2010, after retiring from Hass, he founded his own audit firm, AA Idris and Associates, which is based in Nairobi but undertakes assignments throughout the region including most notably in Mogadishu.
His candidature has garnered the support of the Tarbaj people, as he is pegging his campaigns on leadership skills that can find the right solutions to the demands of the Tarbaj Sub County. In his public address, Idris promised to chop down what he referred to as 'inept leadership' through prudent leadership style banking on his management career.
The aspirant said Tarbaj has suffered enough out of misrepresentation, and the time to fill that leadership gap is now. He stresses the need for the leadership to tackle poor management of devolved resources, poor state of education, perennial water shortages and unemployment among the youth.
In his manifesto, Idris highlights key investment areas: "It's my utmost pleasure to address such huge supporters, my leadership is bound by your interests and I will not waste time in dealing in verbal talks about the problems that we all know, from water shortages to education and high unemployment. I will initiate a programme to permanently remedy these problems with the help of God in the first 100 days of office by all means", he vows.
Reflecting his high chances of being elected, many people have today hailed him as the best choice for Tarbaj. The Sultanate of the Fai sub-clan of Degodia endorsed him as the Tarbaj constituency MP on July 28 in the infamous Tarbaj Declaration, the first family declaration.
His nomination remained static again later in the second review when the family leaders and the sultanate reviewed the declaration where the then Fai family gubernatorial candidate Ugas Sheikh was dropped in favour of the former Saudi Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Mohamud who was declared the Family's preferred gubernatorial candidate in the coming August polls.
Mohamed is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County