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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 20:04 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
A member of the Wajir County Assembly (MCA) is receiving immense attention from the region following his audacious campaign for the senator's position against veteran politicians. The MCA, Warsame Hussein Keynan, who is representing Diff Ward, has officially joined the tough battle for the senate seat and, according to several analysts here, he has realistic chances of winning.
Warsame, who was the first leader of minority party, is reputed as a vocal politician in the ODM-dominated house and is a strong point man of the Jubilee Party in the house. His strength in assembly debates has been his vast Knowledge of parliamentary business in particular the standing orders.
A trained teacher, Warsame eared his Bachelor of Education from Mount Kenya University and and has an MBA from KCA University. Before his political debut in 2013, he initially taught as a primary school teacher between 2005-2007, before being promoted to deputy principal and finally headteacher of Diff Oldam Primary School.
He has also worked with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and a local NGO as food monitoring officer, in between his educational career and politics. He told this writer that this experience has served him well during the last four years as an MCA, having strong grassroots connections and remaining abreast of contemporary political and social affairs.
During his term in office, the MCA has realised some remarkable developments. His main attention was on the expansion of education facilities, whereby he built the first secondary school in Diff ward through county government and national government financing. He also built different ECD centers. The MCA also runs a personal busury fund for needy students from his ward.
On water development, he has built eight new boreholes at different locations in the ward. "For 50 years of independence, Diif Ward never had a permanent water source but I have a legacy in this area, bringing soft water 18km away from the town at a cost of Sh67 million through county government."
He has also delivered in health, whereby he has established two health facilities and a dispensary during his tenure. Through partnership with the county government, he has seen a number of roads upgraded.
A member of the Economic Freedom Party, Warsame said he is fully committed to the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, whom he said had promised to have a new sub-county (district) created at Diif. He says this will bring development closer to the people of Diif.
The aspiring senator's manifesto gives priority to projects that would benefit the youth such as employment creation and supporting sports development, which he says has been lacking in the entire northern Kenya.
He told this writer in an interview that the main reason he is switching from a local seat to the upper house was to see Wajir people effectively represented at the national level. He also says that his experience as an MCA had opened his eyes to some of the legislation and policies the Senate needs to make to make county governments more effective and accountable to the electorates.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County