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Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 13:49 EATnmuthoni@kenyafreepress.com
President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to receive more defectors from the Orange Democratic Movement when he visits Wajir County on Saturday. In the second visit to the region since he became president, Uhuru will unveil the Jubilee Party leadership for the county led by Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Mohamud (the governorship candidate) and Dr Abdullahi Ali Kabreta (the senate candidate).
Wajir voted overwhelmingly for ODM in the 2013 general elections, and all top leaders in the county currently belong in ODM including Governor Ahmed Abdullahi, Senator Abdirahman Ali Hassan, Woman representative Fatuma Ibrahim, all MPs except one (Wajir East MP Abass Sheikh Mohamed), plus a majority of MCAs.
Many of these leaders recently defected to Jubilee including two MPs Adan Keynan Wehliye (Eldas) and Mohamed Ibrahim Elmi (Tarbaj), nominated Senator Halima Abdille and 15 MCAs. The Jubilee team has shown a high degree of unity under Mr Mohamud, a three time former MP for Wajir East and subsequently ambassador to Saudia Arabia. As the gubernatorial candidate, Ambassador Mohamud and senate candidate Abdullahi Kabreta have worked closely to revive Jubilee Party's hopes in the county.
In recent months, the Jubilee administration has geared itself for development activities in the region. The president had earlier said that a water and sewerage project within the county will be built ahead of the election, while the tarmacking of Modogashe-Samata Road and phase two of Modogashe-Kutulo road will also be factored.
"We will ensure Northeastern region is open for business and investments by constructing these roads," the President said, adding, "Before we finish our second term, the government will build the Garissa-Mandera to bitumen standards," he added. A tarmac road was constructed in Wajir and this is expected to make the residents happy when they see the president.
The Jubilee government's strategy for the county is premised on winning ODM leaders to the goverment side. On its part, the opposition is banking on Governor Abdullahi's accomplishments to show what stands in store should Mr Odinga win the presidency. Among the most influential leaders on the opposition side are Mr Abdullahi and women rep Fatuma Ibrahim, who has refused to defect to Jubilee.