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Saturday, 20 May 2017 19:27 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
A Wajir-based financial expert, Mowlid Issack Mussa, has joined the race for the Ademasajida ward representative position in the Wajir County Assembly, running on the Ford-Kenya ticket.
The aspirant has resigned from a top job in the county government to try his hand in politics, believing that political leadership is more important than bureaucratic roles in trying to improve services in devolved units.
A highly qualified accountant with private and public sector experience, Mr Mussa has vast knowledge in the financial field including in Wajir and would like to join politics in order to strengthen the vision of the current Wajir governor Ahmed Abdullahi whom he says has done a lot for the region.
After schooling at Ademasajida Primary School, the aspirant joined Sambule High School from he proceeded to the University of Nairobi for a Diploma in Business Management. He later joined Mount Kenya University and earned BCom degree specialising in Finance. Besides, he holds a CPA(K) qualification, the highest professional course in accounting in Kenya, and is currently undertaking an MBA.
The aspirant's first job was as an accountant at the Kilimanjaro Integrated School, after which he joined Harif Tours and Travel Agency as chief finance officer between 2013 to 2014, when he finally joined Wajir County Government as a senior accountant. He speaks highly of his work at the county government, saying that during his time there was no audit query from Auditor General's office.
"I was honestly working for the people of Wajir. I was accountable for every coin I handled," he said, explaining that between 2014-2015 he worked in the cash office, before moving the next year to work as a trade officer for finance for a year up to 2016. Between 2016-2017, he was in charge of the finance section in the roads department.
His manifesto gives priority to educational, health and economic development of Ademasajida. He told this writer that his first initiative in office if he wins will be to create a framework for microfinance that will help the people of Ademasajida access small business loans at no interest at all.
He said this will help the people partake in economic activities that will in turn raise their standards of living and disposal income. Second to that, he wants to improve education, saying for instance that no bright students should be remaining at home due to lack of school fees.
The aspirant says he will support students with bursary funds from the county and one he will initiate at a personal level. He said he will boost education sector by improving the interaction between students and role models. He also seeks to support women and youth groups by engaging them with bussiness improvement programmes.
On health, he also said he will ensure the upgrading of Ademasajida hospitals so that people will access better health services. In all this, the aspirant said he will be better than the current leaders because, to him, leadership is all about simplicity. He said he was aware of the difficulties people faced accessing their leaders and make a difference when he wins.
He said as expert in finance, he is best placed to ensure the resources of the county government will be shared equitably. “What brings poor governance is poor legislation by the elected leaders,” he told this writer during an interview, promising to infuse his ideas about the weaknesses he has learnt from the executive arm to help propel Wajir County to the next level of development.
On his party choice, the aspirant said he wanted a party that is in the NASA coalition and Ford-Kenya appealed to him for that reason. He believes firmly in the reform programme being championed by NASA and has faith that their presidential Raila Odinga will win the August general elections and implement a wide-ranging overhaul of national governance from which Wajir and all marginalised counties would benefit.
He is also a strong supporter of Governor Abdullahi whom he credits with good leadership. He says the governor has achieved so much for Wajir in educational improvement, infrastructure development, health and other spheres and should be re-elected to continue his good work. He says the county needs well qualified MCAs to develop sound policies, hence his joining politics.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County