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Sunday, 25 Jun 2017 17:45 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
A well-known former Administration Police officer is making a credible stab at the Wagala/Ganyure MCA position. Abdi Ahmed Hassan alias Abdinoor says he wants to transform the Wagala/ Ganyure region and has positioned himself as a champion of the National Super Alliance (NASA) in the area.
Mr Abdi Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Catholic University for Eastern Africa, where he graduated in 2014. He had ealier finished his primary education in 1996 from Wagala Primary School and secondary level at Sabuley Boys in the year 2001. He has also undertaken several short courses including leadership management course.
After secondary education, Mr Abdi Ahmed joined the Administration Police in 2003, graduating the next year from the Administration Police Training College. Thereafter, he was posted to Tana River from 2004 to 2005, before being transferred to Elgeyo Marakwet in 2007, where he was the operation commander during the post-election violence and was instrumental in restoring peace.
After Elgeyo Marakwet, he was transferred to Thika and finally Wajir, where he was deployed specifically to help in the fight against terrorism. It is from Wajir where he resigned in February 2017 to join politics while serving at the rank of AP Inspector.
His vision for the ward, which is highly cosmopolitan, includes delivering a unifying political programme in which all the residents can buy. "I want to create an inclusive government. I resigned in order to serve my people of Wagala Ganyure ward, irrespective of ethinic background, after working for 13 years in government. I want to give the best to the people of my ward ," he said.
On representation in the assembly, he plans to advocate for the rights of the people. He says that, being a member of NASA, he is part of the national movement for reforms and the party presidential candidate Raila Odinga will help the Wajir people address some of the historical grivances in the region including bringing a closure to the infamous Wagala Massacre.
On Jubilee Party, this is what he had to say. "Jubilee is not an option for Kenya its only NASA leaders who will go in office to create harmony and peace. The Jubilee leaders have no record in unifying the country. In fact, they have made matters worse".
The candidate has a major plan to revamp education in the area. He said that, as part of efforts to commemorate the Wagala Massacre, he wants the Wagala Memorial Secondary School improved to become a centre of excellence in the region. He plans to look for sponsors to support all the student since the school will be a memorial school.
He believes that, as an expert in psychology, he stands to bring new ideas for the people who lost their relatives in the massacre. "Before compensation which we will be pushing for, I will start guidance and counselling programmes for all victims people. I think psychological intervention programmes including trauma debriefing come first before compensation process," he said.
His other ideas include community empowerment, where he wants to work with youth, women, and people with disability by mobilising funds for business loans to them at no interest.
On water, he said he wishes to drill boreholes in the following locations: Boji and Boa. He articulates a close relationship between education, water and health. "I will create more dispensaries, and at a personal level I will organise means for poor people who cannot afford medical expenses particularly for referral in Nairobi."
But his main focus is on improving on-the-ground capacity for medical staff. He wants staff quarters for medical officers serving in the ward to bring them closer to the communities they serve.
On livestock, which is the backbone economy for the people of Wagala ward, he plans to help the people increase their productivity by assessing the optimal cattle stocks to rear based on availability of grazing lands.
"I will bring alternative solution besides dependence on livestock, which are normally lost during droughts. What our people need is a sustainable means of income, and I believe we can create solutions together in diverifying our livelihoods," he said.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County