Garissa leaders dismiss ‘negotiated democracy’, say electorate to decide

Garissa leaders dismiss 'negotiated democracy', say electorate to decide

The negotiated democracy by top Garissa County politicians at a Nairobi hotel barely a fortnight ago has drawn sharp reactions from leaders in the county.

Deputy Governor Abdullahi Hussein has dismissed the ‘shared’ county seats ahead of next years’ General Election terming it an insult to the electorate.

Abdullahi added that the declaration is a selfish move by senior politicians who are keen to protect their interests at the expense of the community, referring to those who were in agreement as mere sycophants.

The deputy governor vowed to mobilize the residents to reject the said list and advise them against being manipulated by power-hungry politicians.

While addressing a rally at Bulla Mzuri Primary School, Mohammed Sala, a political activist, however, said as the Abdallah clan they would ensure that their proposed seats at the county were respected and implemented failure to which they will hold rallies across the county to discredit those opposed to it.

This comes only a few days after senatorial and parliamentary hopefuls dismissed the meeting as a scheme to influence electorates’ choices.

Major (Rtd) Aden Sugow, who is eyeing the county’s senatorial seat, told the residents of Garissa County to be wary of politicians using clans to advance their political ambitions.

Sugow who met elders at a Garissa hotel to seek their support to run for the seat said his sub clan had already fielded a candidate for senatorial and women representative positions and wondered why some elders would sit in Nairobi to give out a contrary agreement.

On hispart, Capt. Abdi Yare, who is running for the Garissa Township Parliamentary seat, warned Senator Haji and Korane against meddling with the politics of Garissa Township accusing them of favouritism.

Yare added that interfering with the preferred choices of the electorate will not augur well with the current mood and might cause discontent among voters.

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