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Saturday, 10 Jun 2017 19:42 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
Less than two month before Kenyans elect their leaders in the August general elections, the race for Tarbaj parliamentary seat in Wajir County continues to attract political heavyweights.
A well known civil engineer hailing from the region, Ahmed Bashane Gaal, is the latest entrant for the position which is among the most hotly-contested MP seats in Wajir, rivaled only by Wajir East. Mr Bashane, who is running on the Party for Development and Reforms (PDR), will face off with current Wajir women representative in the National Assembly Fatuma Ibrahim and Idiris Abdi Abdullahi among other candidates.
His main agenda in running for the position is to bring change. As an expert engineer, he says he has ideas that can be used to rapidly transform the infrastructural position of Wajir as a whole and propel the county to a state of economic take-off.
He says he wants to concentrate his energy on water and roads sectors. "I understand the problems of the people here very well, having been born and bred here. I have tremendous experience in government and non-governmental sectors which will enable me to pull together the human, financial and political resources that one needs to develop a constituency," he told this writer in an interview in Wajir Town.
"I plan to bring permanent solution for the people of Tarbaj in different fields. While infrastructure is key as I have mentioned, education and health sectors are also crucial in the sense that our capacities cannot grow without an educated and healthy population," he said.
He also wants to bring together different stakeholders be they from professional, religious and business sectors and youth and women leaders. "Some of the problems we are dealing with, such as the drilling of boreholes, could be much earlier if various players came together and determined what each of us can do," he said.
He said that, having served Kenyans as a whole in public sectors, "now I want to serve my people right here," pointing to projects he wants to initiate in livestock sector among others from which the populace derives their livelihoods.
On matter of security Bashane said there many ways to solve matters on border dispute and you can solve that through proper diplomacy act and elderly involvement. "I will work with the county government and properly advice them on matters of tarmacking roads and bring good infrastructure."
Born in the area, he schooled at Tarbaj Primary School and Wajir High School before joining the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for a degree in civil engineering. After graduating from university, he worked at different levels both at government and parastatal jobs.
His first job was as an inspector in the water department in Garissa County in 2004. He then moved to the Ministry of Roads and Public Works as engineer at headquarters Nairobi. Thereafter, he worked with two different non-governmental organizations Oxfam and Aldef Kenya, following which he rejoined government as regional manager for Kenya Rural Roads Authority in charge of Mandera and Wajir counties.
He believes in working for the people is the first principle of leadership. "I am working hard to unify the people of Tarbaj constituency and bring resources closer to them." On issues network, he said network is very important our people need to communicate with their family members, communications for business purposes and bringing investors through proper network.
On party politics engineer Bashane he has PDR ticket a party that supports President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election. He said the president deserves a second term since he supported the rollout of devolution to work and he created employment for top politicians who lost last time in election.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County