Jubilee risks losing Mandera votes
Elders in Mandera County have accused Deputy President William Ruto of going against their wishes to choose their own candidates through negotiated democracy.
Led by Senator Billow Kerrow, who will be stepping down for the Garre Council of Elders’ nominee Hassan Osman in the August 8th poll, they asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to take charge or risk losing the Mandera County vote, promising to declare their political stand in a week’s time.
August last year, the Garre Council of lders introduced a model of rotational leadership that blocks sub-clans in the community from holding one political seat for more than a single term.
But Mandera Governor Ali Roba and two area MPs have ignored the directive, angering the elders led by Ali Haji Noor who have held several unsuccessful meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta and the DP to push for acceptance of negotiated democracy instead of party nominations.
Speaking at Ali Muslim Club in Nairobi on Monday, Kerrow and Governor nominee Hassan Noor blame DP Ruto for the impasse.
“If Governor Roba and his team continue to defy elders’ directive, then that will cost Jubilee in Mandera in terms of votes in forthcoming General Election,” said Senator Kerrow.
The leaders vowed to abide by the elders’ decision on all elective amid talk of joining NASA if Jubilee fails to heed their warning on negotiated democracy.
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