October 20th 2017

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Ajuran clan picks Jubilee man Dr Ali Kabreta as Wajir senate candidate

With the county leadership in the hands of ODM, it remains to be seen which power-sharing arrangement will party will create, alongside Governor Ahmed Abdullahi of Mantan clan and senator Abdirahman Hassan. Women representative Fatuma Ibrahim has indicated she will not defend the seat.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 17 Jan 2017 11:32 EAT

Kabreta, second right, who got the elders' endorsement. (Photo: Free Press Correspondent).

Elders of the Ajuran clan in Wajir have unanimously endorsed former MP Abdullahi Ali as their sole candidate for the Wajir senatorial seat in the general elections scheduled for August. Dr Ali, a two-time Wajir North MP (1997-2007) who is reputed as a close associate of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, hopes to fly the Jubilee ticket in the polls. He is currently serving as a member of the Parliamentary Service Commission.

A down to earth personality, Kabreta has good relations with local leaders that go across party lines, such as Governor Ahmed Abdullahi, his successor Ibrahim Abdi Saney and other MPs including Abdullahi Diriye (Wajir South), Mohammed Elmi (Tarbaj), Abdikadir Ore (Wajir West), Abass Seikh (Wajir East) and Wajir women representative Fatuma Ibrahim.

The Ajuran elders council chairman Hajj Yare who made the announcement over the weekend, said the other top contenders accepted the verdict. It was reported that the other clan member, Ibrahim Sheikh Mohamed, who was also interested in the seat, has accepted the decision and will now run for Wajir West parliamentary seat.

Likewise, the chance of Adan Omar Enow, who got the clan's endorsement in 2013 and now a Trustee with the Water Services Trust Fund and the National Sports Fund, is sealed. He can go for deputy governor under an alliance with another clan. The clan by making the decision has forgone the interest of any other member to run for the governor’s or women representative position, in order to make alliances with the other clans. Kabretta will now face off with the current senator Abdirahman Hassan Olow of ODM, who is from the Ogaden clan.

As it happens in the three North Eastern counties, a clan endorsement does not preclude the interest of other clans who may be interested in the same positions, and the dominant political parties such as Jubilee and CORD can modify the agreements in order to formulate power-sharing agreements among contending groups.

With the county leadership in the hands of ODM, it remains to be seen which power-sharing arrangement the party will create, alongside Governor Ahmed Abdullahi, who hails from the Mantan clan and senator Abdirahman Hassan Olow. The women representative Fatuma Ibrahim has indicated that she will not defend the seat.

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