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Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 19:18 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
Mohamed Nunow Shuriye, the MCA for for Lakole-Basir ward in the Wajir County Assembly, finished his primary only in 2009. Educated at Eldas Primary School, he later joined Griftu Boys High School where he completed his secondary education in the year 2013.
At a time many of his peers are still in college or hustling for a foothold in life after school, Mohamed, who has earned diploma in human resource management and is currently continuing his degree in the same field, is already an elected member of Wajir Assembly where he has distinguished himself for effective debating.
The MCA, who worked for the Uwezo Fund between 2014-15 before joining the Wajir County Government, resigned from his post after barely a year of service to answer the family's call to run for the seat. The family had been impressed by his political astuteness, which he proved when he served as the vice chairman of the youth for peace in Wajir County.
Mohamed vied for the seat on the Democratic Party of Kenya (DP) ticket, of which he was the only cadidate in the entire Nothern Kenya. He's also the Secretary for DP in Wajir County. He won the seat with a massive 1,189 votes.
Currently Mohamed serves as vice chairperson of committee of Water, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources. He is also amember Labour committee as well as the Committee on Power and Privilege, the latter which is responsible for the conduct and welfare of members in the assembly.
Being a young person, Mohamed told this writer that he feels the burden of representing a sector which the community has invested much faith in. In his manifesto that saw him triumph over a host of other candidates, he pledged to prioritize water and health sectors, youth and women empowerment and scaling up of education programmes.
"Each of these areas need urgent attention. We have identified the areas where our investment would give the highest impact and will be hitting the ground with projects as soon as funding is unlocked." The county governments have not received the budgeted development resources but these will be received from the coming month.
The MCA is optimistic that under the leadership of Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Mohamud, Wajir will realise fast pace of development, given the governor's vast experience in political leadership over the decades.
Mohamed has seen the operationalisation of several water points since his election. He says his leadership goal is to be accessible to his electorate whenever they need him for consultation on the region's development.
"I want to be reachable to the people, to consult at every stage of our project implementation and ensure that the people own the development conducted in their name and through their resources," he said.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County