- A Facebook post on Kulan post, which actively posts local politics had stated that Gure had stepped down in favour of Kiman Ugas.
- The post further stated that Gure went back to the United States of America a week ago and she wished Ugas all the best.
Former Garissa Woman Representative Shukran Gure has dismissed reports she has bowed out of the race in favour of her rival.
A Facebook post by Kulan Post, which actively posts local politics, had reported that Gure had stepped down in favour of Kiman Ugas.
The post further said Gure went back to the US a a week ago and she wished Ugas all the best in the race.
The two women, who hail from the same Awlihan clan, have been engaged in a fierce battle, with each remaining adamant they will go all the way to the ballot.
Sources intimated to the Star that efforts by the elders to convince one of them to step down are proving futile.
Gure told her supporters to dismiss the rumour, saying the information was being peddled by her rivals who have started sensing defeat.
The aspirant spoke on Sunday in Dadaab subcounty during her campaigns.
“The post circulating on social media purporting that I have stepped down from contesting for Garissa woman representative seat is just cheap politics at play,” she said.
Gure said the holy month of Ramadhan is meant for prayers, repentance and remembering of Allah and not for lies or propaganda.
"I urge the people of Garissa and my supporters to conduct their prayers without sideshows. Let's thank Allah and converge for the Eid prayers then continue with our campaigns InshaAllah,” she said.
The aspirant said the rumors encourage her to push and deliver the victory once Ramadhan is over.
Gure, who will be contesting on the Wiper ticket, said she will prioritise leadership with integrity, equity, equality, unity and mentorship.
She said she is more determined to deliver better results compared to when she was first elected.
The aspirant also said not much has been done to empower women, youths and people with disabilities.
"I will ensure our vulnerable populations are blessed and cherished. I will also strive to mentor and nature youth leadership,” she said.
Gure said she intends to pick up from where she left in terms of advocating for the women and youth agenda. “But for me to achieve all this, I will first need your votes.”
Others in the race are Mulki Warsame and Udgoon Siyad.
(Edited by Bilha Makokha)