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Thursday, 01 Jun 2017 17:47 EATyarriska90som@live.com
Wajir East parliamentary candidate Ahmed Muhumed of PNU has got the nod of IEBC. After meeting the required qualifications of IEBC for one to run for MP including the citizenship, academic qualifications, and integrity among others, Mr Fuje - as he is popularly known - got the greenlight to officially engage himself into his campaign activities.
At the time when he entered the centre for the exercise, Fuje came in with his procession who accompanied him all the way from Wajir Town. The announcement by the IEBC’s Wajir East Sub County Coordinator Mr Abdikadir Sheikh that gave him the green light was met with celebrations in the form of cheers and ululations, symbolising his charm with the people.
He immediately addressed the public amid chanting from his supporters. "The journey has officially begun, let’s all walk the path to success, together we can change the lives of the many living under abject poverty and together we can win the race."
This kick off for campaigns comes at time when the Muslim faithfuls are observing the Holy Month of Ramadan all over the world, a month that marks very important events in the Muslim calendar. This might slow down the political temperatures of the county as its prohibitive to engage into active campaign since Ffaithfuls are required to avidly engage themselves into acts of worship.
Wishing his electorates happy Ramadan, Fuje told this writer: "I wish to express my greetings and prayers to my fellow Muslims brothers; as we observe this very important pillar of faith, we need to put God first, I wish you all the best and may Allah accept our worship acts."
The career teacher who was until recently the principal of the best and first national school in the county - Wajir High School - hails from the Fai Clan. He came into the political limelight after getting the endorsement from the clan elders properly to justify as the balancing pillar for a clan that has a massive vote base in the county.
His opponents in the race include the current Speaker of the county assembly Mr Bishar Omar, incumbent MP Abass Sheikh Mohamed (Jubilee), Dr Ali Muhumed (Maendeleo Chap Chap) and Rashid Kassim (Wiper).
Fuje vows to bring better alternative leadership if elected. Wajir East is the capital and economic backbone of the county, standing for more than sixty percent of the county’s economic capacity. This means for one to win the heart people, one has to design an all round manifesto to contain the most cosmopolitan sub-county in the county.
Fuje believes he meets this criteria. "I have been working in both state sector and non state sectors for the last twenty years; that means given the chance, I can implant transformational leadership that will counter the perennial challenges we have been facing for decades now. Otherwise I’m afraid they might be enduring, you can entrust your leadership with me for remedies."
Mohamed is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County