VOTE AS A BLOCK

Northeastern counties set their demands for Raila support

Elders from Tana River, Isiolo and Marsabit push for transformative leadership

In Summary
  • The leaders wants Raila to prioritise environment and rangelands management especially rangelands rehabilitation, grazing plans and extensions.
  • Others are food security and irrigations, water climate change and give solution to frequent drought.
Isiolo, Tana River and Marsabit county's forum chairman Tuqa Jirmo
Isiolo, Tana River and Marsabit county's forum chairman Tuqa Jirmo

Elders, leaders and professionals from three North Eastern counties have set their demands in order to support ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Presidency.

The leaders wants Raila to prioritise environment and rangelands management especially rangelands rehabilitation, grazing plans, extensions, food security and irrigations, water climate change and give solution to frequent drought.

“We professionals, elders and women from Tana River, Isiolo and Marsabit are launching a political forum “TIM – AZIMIO” to consolidate our votes and encourage our people to vote as a block. The entire community in our region resonate with Azimio La Umoja. We call upon all our community members to join this forum to deliver our region’s votes without any disparity,” said their chairman Dr Tuqa Jirmo

They lauded Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta for the handshake saying it has brought about peaceful co-existence in the country.

TIM vice chair Halima Daro said the tarmacking of the 800km Isiolo – Moyale road, Isiolo International Airport, Isiolo resort City, LAPSET Corridor, Galana and Tana Irrigation schemes all planned and initiated during retired President Kibaki and Raila coalition government, gives them hope that Raila is the best to champion developments in the region.

“The above development records is a clear manifest that Raila and Uhuru have built a rapport, trust and earned our well-deserved political support. We believe Raila can deliver completion of pending projects and initiate more projects,” she said.

They also demanded for an end to livestock raids, conflicts, tribal clashes and enhance cohesion.

There should be focus on quality education linked to employment, they said.

The group has established voter sensitisation and mobilisation process saying the area's vastness and rough terrains is a challenge for newcomers to navigate.

They want livestock industry extension services, breed improvement, livestock market programme, slaughterhouse, and offtake during drought, explore tourism potential, energy, minerals, Oil-petroleum and gas.

Turqa said Northern Kenya region is a very dynamic area in political, social and economic consideration, therefore at no time should it be assumed homogenous.

-Edited by SKanyara