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Sunday, 16 Apr 2017 19:23 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Gubernatorial aspirant Ali Bunow Korane today led a massive march by hundreds of residents through the streets of Garissa town to protest the problem of water scarcity in the town.
In a move that was welcomed by his supporters, the former permanent secretary, his deputy governorship candidate Abdi Dagane Muhamed and a host of other leaders went from estate to estate to hear the residents' plea for water, following which he addressed a major rally where he said governor Nathif Jama had failed in the most pressing requirement for Garissa people.
"If the the water service are so poor in this town, you can be sure the rest of the county is a disaster, we need change to address water scarcity and other challenges," said Mr Korane, who held a number of muddied 20-litre jerrycans in his hands, speaking to supporters at various stops.
The aspirant's journey took him through Bulla Iftin, Bulla Bashal, Bulla Mzuri, Garissa Ndogo before ending at Soko Ya Ngombe (the Main Market) where he addressed a rally. He said women from the town and other areas in Garissa are forced to dig into mud to get filthy water when the county government was supposed to have made water projects to address the people's needs.
Turnout for the event was unexpectedly singificant, indicating the long distance Mr Korane has travelled over the past six months from a long-shot candidate to a potent threat to the incumbent. In addition to the water project, Garissa is facing challenges including insecurity, including a recent spate of pickpocketing and muggings, environmental degradation, unemployment, wildlife deatha at the Garissa Giraffe Sanctuary.
Since being endorsed by the Abduwak Council of Elders in December, Mr Korane's campaign has gained traction, and he has campaigned alongside Anab Subow who is running for the woman representative position and National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, who is defending his Garissa Township parliamentary seat.