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Saturday, 17 Jun 2017 14:33 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
The outgoing member of the county assembly (MCA) for Burder Ward in Wajir County Assembly Adan Duale Khadid is bowing out of politics in honour of a decision of the region's elders who decreed that a rival candidate be the one to represent the community.
Mr Duale, whose ward is in Wajir South constituency, has resigned from active politics by obeying community verdict. "I value the elders who endorsed me the last time. They have decided this time that I am not the one and I have to respect their verdict," he said.
The MCA, who was elected on the Orange Democratic Movement party ticket, was the first Leader of Majority in Wajir County Assembly after the swearing in of MCAs in 2013. He attributes the smooth running of the county government to the work he and the MCAs did from those early days to provide a favourable climate for the administration of the county.
For example, he praises the MCAs for approving all the top appointments of Governor Ahmed Abdullahi, such as county executive committee members and chief officers. Mr Duale was reputed as a strong debater and one of the most religious members of assembly.
"I value and respect negotiated democracy, and I agree this in order if the leadership of the different people in a region is to be tasted for us all to realise development," he told this writer in Wajir Town early today, equating his leadership style to that of Nelson Mandela. "Mandela never run for a second term, just like I am doing", Mr Duale, is the current vice chairperson of implementation committee, said.
A well-recognised son of Burder Ward, Mr Duale was educated at Township Primary School, Sambule Secondary School and the International University of Khartom where he earned a degree in Islamic Studies. His main occupation has been business, even though he also worked as the CDF Secretary in Wajir South Constituency, from where he resigned to join politics.
During his tenure, the MCA has achieved a number of developmental feats, including the building of many ECD classrooms in Burder Ward in partnership with the county government and disbursement of bursary funds to more than 900 students in the region. He has also initiated the development of one secondary school sponsored by CDF.
On security, he was able to persuade the national government to build one Administration Police camp through the national government in order to enhance security in the ward.
His administration saw the building of six boreholes and all of them are functional. The county government has also build one mega dam in the region, while in health a maternity wing has been constructed at both Burder and Kursin hospitals.
The MCA told this writer that youth, women and people with disability have also benefited from a revolving fund he helped establish. It was during his tenure, he said, that Burder also witnessed the holding of several sports activities for youths to showcase and develop their talents.
While he is out of politics in the upcoming general elections, the MCA said he will support the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County