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Wednesday, 10 Jan 2018 22:40 EATabdirahmancajab@gmail.com
Wajir Senator Dr Abdullahi Ali Kabreta has promised his electorate that he will use his newly-acquired positions in the Senate to further their interests locally and nationally.
As the Senate formed its committees yesterday, Dr Kabreta secured membership of the Committee of Health and was unanimously elected vice chairman.
Kabreta, who is a professional doctor and former medical officer of health before he joined politics, was elected by his colleagues without votes being cast as there was no opposition to him. He is also a member of the committees of Finance and Budget, and the Pan African Parliament in South Africa, where he represents the Senate.
As a member of the PAP, Kabreta is one of the MPs selected from national legislatures from around Africa to the body responsible for African Union budget, laws and treaties and the harmonisation of legal standards on the continent.
Kabreta has vast experience in the field of medicine and politics. Before his election to the Senate on August 8, 2017, he had served two terms as MP for Wajir North between 1997 and 2007.
His campaign had put a big premium on the development of the health sector in Wajir, and he looks forward to using his new position to move the senate towards providing resources and sound policy for the devolved health services.
The senator is currently involved in efforts to bring peace and reconciliation in the inter-clan conflict pitting groups from Eldas and Wajir North constituencies. He is joined in the effort by the MPs for Eldas and Wajir North, community elders from both sides, professionals, religious leaders and county leadership led by Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud.
The senator is also expected to support a bill that is coming to the two houses that will empower pastoralists to access market, water and drugs for their animals, according to an aide who spoke to journalists on his behalf.
Hussein Ibrahim Hassan alias Safeway is Dr Kabreta’s personal aide. He conducted the interview on behalf of the senator, saying that Kabreta looked to using his facilities in the committees to promote health services in Wajir.
Safeway said, "Kabreta puts as one of his main concerns the state of healthcare provision in northern Kenya. We need better health services and counties governments are the key to that goal. But to do what is expected of them they should get as much support as possible," he said, adding that Kabreta plans to support the county government and national government cooperate to the extent possible.
Safeway said the senator's mission was to transform the county by working hand in hand with Governor Abdi Mohamud. He assured the people of Wajir that his boss will have an open leadership model whereby all residents or organised seeking his personal attention on issues will get it.
Abdirahman Rashid Farah is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Wajir County