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Sunday, 09 Apr 2017 16:50 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
Wajir senate aspirant Dr Abdullahi Ali Kabreta launched his campaign with a major rally at Barwaqo in Wajir Town today targeted at the Ajuran clan where he appealed to his supporters and all the clan members to turn out in large numbers during the August 8 general elections.
Kabreta, who is running on the Jubilee Party ticket, campaigned for all Jubilee candidates from governorship nominee Ambassador Mahamud Abdi down to members of the county assembly. He shared his vision for enhancing the representation of Wajir people in the Senate and said he will work with all leaders if elected to improve the quality of life of the people.
Ajuran National Chairman Ahmed Sheikh Abdullahi addressing the meeting
The aspirant gave weight to working in harmony with the county and national governments to address challenges in education, infrastructure and health services. He spoke highly of the principle of devolved government, which he said was transforming Wajir and the entire northern Kenya.
The aspirant's preparatory rallies which began today will mainly aim at consolidating the Ajuran clan under the Jubilee Party before he moves to other clans that have identified leaders for gubernatorial and women representative positions under the concept of negotiated democracy.
After today's rally, the aspirant plans to move to Wajir West, Wajir South and Tarbaj. And he will meet other communities and join with other candidates before the election. Accompanying him at the meeting were Wajir North MP Ibrahim Abdi Saney and Ajuran national chairman Ahmed Sheikh Abdullahi.
A former two-time Wajir North MP between 1997-2007, Kabreta got the clan's unanimous endorsement by elders in January after a series of consultations that saw the clan members review all their aspiring candidates all the way from Habaswein to Godoma in Wajir North near the border with Moyale.
Reputed as down to earth, Kabreta enjoys good relations with local leaders that go across party lines, such as Governor Ahmed Abdullahi, Mr Abdi Saney and other MPs including Abdullahi Diriye (Wajir South), Mohammed Elmi (Tarbaj), Abdikadir Ore (Wajir West), Abass Seikh (Wajir East) and Wajir women representative Fatuma Ibrahim.
It was this spirit of unity that he stressed at today's meeting which was a town hall bringing together elders, youths, women leaders and professionals from the Ajuran living and working in Wajir Town. He appealed to the clan members to unite with others in delivering the development that all Wajir people require.
Kabreta addressing the rally.
After being endorsed in January, all other other top contenders who were vying for the seat accepted the verdict, making Kabreta the fron-runner for the seat even though other clans and political parties will soon identify their candidates. The clan by settling on Kabreta has forgone the interest of any other member to run for the governor’s or women representative position, in order to make alliances with the other clans.
The writers are contributing reporters for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County