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Sunday, 04 Jun 2017 12:36 EATyarriska90som@live.com
While each of the six parliamentary seats in Wajir has attracted their share of strong political aspirants, there is no race that has gained nearly as much attention as the one unfolding in Wajir East.
Currently represented in Parliament by Mr Abass Sheikh, the seat is being fought over by, among others, a popular former secondary school teacher, several top businessmen, a bureaucrat and an academician.
Abass is one of Wajir County’s top politicians and, being the only elected Jubilee MP from the region he has acted and been treated as a special envoy of President Uhuru Kenyatta here. The MP has taken it upob himself to ensure more Jubilee leaders come on board in the upcoming general elections.
Among his best hopes is on the governorship, where former cabinet minister Mohamed Abdi Mohamud is rising in ratings against his opponents from ODM and PDR.
The MP has previously spoken to this website about his electoral chances. However, on June 1, after he was cleared by the IEBC as duly nominated candidate to defend his seat, he was so engrossed in his articulation of the successes he and the Jubilee government had realised over the last five years.
Amid chants of KK Tena! KK Tena! from his supporters, the MP exuded confidence that both he and President Kenyatta would win in August. "Maendeleo Iendelee!" he vowed, declaring that he had met 95 percent of his electoral pledges.
"I have transformed the education sector. On water, accebility of electricity, supporting the youth, women and people with disability, on roads development and in being close to the people - you know all that I have done".
Abass who is the strongest Jubilee pointman in Wajir, promised to deliver more under the leadership of President Kenyatta, whom he said was a friend of the Wajir people. He said that top jobs such as those held by current governorship and senatorial candidates Mohamud Abdi and Dr Abdullahi Kabreta were due to the president's love for the region.
Abass said he will support the two candidates to the fullest so that Jubilee can take over Wajir from the opposition. On security, he urged the officials to ensure the security of all political candidates during this election.
Mohamed is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County