October 17th 2017

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Global humanitarian specialist Ahmed Abdisalan touted to beat Wajir North MP

Armed with these professional skills, Ahmed rose as a humanitarian staffer in the Kenya government and international NGOs. Some of his notable posts and achievements in both the national government and non state sector include but not limited to Regional Coordinator, the Kenya Red Cross.

By Mohamed Gedi and Abdirahman Rashid Farahabdirahmancajab@gmail.comTuesday, 30 May 2017 17:11 EAT

The candidate is carried shoulder high by supporters after a recent rally in his constituency.

A few days to the parliamentary nominations by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the contest for the Wajir North constituency is getting hotter. with new challenges emerging that promise to unsettle the status-quo. Seen as posing the greatest challenge to the current MP Ibrahim Saney (of Jubillee Party) are ex-military officer Lt.Col Abdirahman Maalim of KANU and Mr Ahmed Abdisalan Ibrahim of ODM.

The latter who has just launched his campaigns for the seat is a youthful international humanitarian specialist who says he wants to bring his experience in economic development,peace building and humanitarianism to help improve the lives of Wajir North people. He says he is seeking the position to transform the region on a dual path: providing political leadership but also promoting humanitarianism, which is at the core of his politics.

Ahmed is a son of the soil, having been born and bread at Bute. Currently aged 35, he schooled at the capital of his North constituency, Bute, before proceeding to high school and university, where he graduated in Bachelor of Science in Information Science.

He also has a post graduate diploma in disaster management and has taken a number of leadership courses including public policy executive programme, transformational self-leadership course and various humanitarian courses in Finland and the USA among other countries.

Armed with these professional skills, Ahmed went upscale as a humanitarian staffer in the Kenya government and international NGOs. Some of his notable posts and achievements in both the national government and non state sector include but not limited to Regional Coordinator, the Kenya Red Cross.

He was also the county manager at Mandera county, a position that saw him handle successfully the inter clan clashes between the Gareh and Dagodia clans in Mandera. His continued interventions and evacuation of the displaced persons at Juruqo Location where good number of people lost their lives earned him the award of excellence in service provision by both the national government and NGOs in the year 2015, an award that was presented to by the incumbent governor of Mandera.

With almost a decade in humanitarian work, part of his accolades was the award of the best global humanitarian innovation through a globally competed humanitarian technological contest held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA, where his article "Bottom-up Innovation for Africa" became the best of all the 200 international humanitarian agencies.

He also recently served as the Regional Coordinator for North Eastern region of the Kenya Red Cross where he worked on policy making and inter organization programmes. Here he immensely worked closely with top government administrators.

Ahmed's candidacy is founded within the resolutions of elders through the negotiated democracy model. He is the first MP nominee to go through such elderly endorsement in the sub county. Having that blessing and banking on his solid leadership skills, the youthful aspirant planted vast confidence in the minds of his electorates - pegged on humanitarian expertise.

Ahmed is determined to install a transformational leadership to outclass the wanting performances by the incumbent, focusing on the realisation of sustainable and all inclusive community owned projects that he has identified. He said he would utilise what he termed as bottom-up criteria in development, where the leader listens to the people's needs rather than imposing projects from the top.

Talking to the Kenya Free Press earlier today, he voiced out his key manifesto: "Mine is to change the political leadership style of Wajir North by basically installing and applying need-based community owned approaches; the shoe wearer knows where it pinches."

The writers are contributing reporters for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County





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