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Sunday, 20 Nov 2016 14:53 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Former Saku MP Hussein Sasura is planning a comeback bid for the seat that he lost in 2013 election. The former MP who was first elected in a by-election in 2006 and won the seat again in the 2007 general elections is seeking to oust the incumbent Ali Rasso Dido who beat him in the last elections. His supporters say the current MP's performance is poor and Mr Sasura should take over the seat to complete the development projects he had initiated.
During the last general elections, Mr Dido who ran on URP of deputy president William Ruto won the seat with 8,560 votes, beating Mr Jama Wolde Weisa of ODM to second place with 5,064 votes while Mr Sasura on TNA emerged third with 3,514 votes. Mr Dido and Mr Sasura are from the Borana community while Mr Weisa is Burji. Mr Sasura hopes to consolidate his supporters and retake the seat he held for over six years.
The constituency was created in 1988, and its first MP was Jilo Falana, who won in 1988 amd 1992. However, in 1997 elections, Mr Falana was beaten by Abdi Tarry Sasura who won re-election in 2002, only to die in a plane crash in 2006. Mr Sasura won the ensuing by-election and again in 2007 general elections.
During Sasura's term he was notable for his low-key representation. He hardly spoke in Parliament, leading many constituents to complain that he was not representing them effectively. However, during the grand coalition government he was appointed assistant minister for Northern Kenya under the ODM-Kenya of vice president Kalonzo Musyoka.
Mr Dido faces a legion of challenges including perceived misuse of youth and CDF funds, lack of investment in education, poor consultation with stakeholders among other issues for which Mr Sasura's supporters now feel confident that the former MP can win back the seat. The MP is also inactive at the national level.
According to one of Mr Sasura's chief campaigners Gallo Galge, the former MP "brought many development and institutional memory to the Saku people. He played significant roles in empowering education sectors including introduction of 13 day secondary schools, provision of affordable electricity to many households and all primary schools and construction of water pans and major dams."
The former MP is also credited with unbiased allocation of cdf bursaries for secondary and tertiary students, facilitation of resettlement our people in Jaldesa and Qupi qalo boreholes and upgrading of roads to allow free movement of vehicles both in Jaldesa and Qupi Qalo areas.
Another supporter, Qajela Borana, says Mr Sasura is "the leader who in heart and spirit worked for the good of his electorates, without bias or any other sectarian discrimination. He worked for his people across the tribal and religious divide and his contributions to education empowerment ever stand tall for decades. Hon Hussein is best placed to revive our lost hope, shuttered dreams and to bring healing and reconcialition through inclusivity and togetherness."