UNFULFILLED DREAMS

Governor Abdi seeks fresh start, terms last five years troublesome

Says were it not for court cases his administration would have achieved much more

In Summary
  • “We humbly seek a fresh term to achieve more and complete our dream of building a prosperous Wajir,” the governor said.
  • The governor was impeached by the county assembly and the same was upheld by the Senate in May last year.
Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi and his running mate Abdifatah Diriye in Wajir town on Tuesday, June 14.
FRESH START: Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi and his running mate Abdifatah Diriye in Wajir town on Tuesday, June 14.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi has urged residents to reelect him, saying the last five years were challenging.

The governor was impeached by the county assembly and the same was upheld by the Senate in May last year.

He remained in the cold for nine months as he battled to be reinstated by the courts.

Abdi however defended his record, saying his administration still managed to initiate and improve projects in key sectors of health, water, education and infrastructure.

The governor,who is seeking to defend his seat on an independent ticket, spoke on Tuesday during a rally in Wajir town.

He said were it not for court cases and constant political squabbles, his administration would have achieved much more.

Abdi further said he is ready to take Wajir to greater heights.

Supporters of Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi and his running mate Abdifatah Diriye in Wajir town on Tuesday, June 14.
FORMIDABLE LINEUP: Supporters of Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi and his running mate Abdifatah Diriye in Wajir town on Tuesday, June 14.
Image: STEPHGEN ASTARIKO

He said he has an inclusive lineup that will emerge victorious in August polls.

His lineup consists of deputy Abdifatah Diriye and Senate candidate Mohamed Abikar.

“We humbly seek a fresh term to achieve more and complete our dream of building a prosperous Wajir,” the governor said.

On March 9, the Appellate Court comprising of Justice Wanjiru Karanja, Hannah Okwengu and Imaana Laibuta dismissed a request by Wajir Deputy Governor Ahmed Ali Mukhtar to remain in the office, after the High Court quashed Abdi's impeachment.

Mukhtar had taken over as governor.

He is however vying for the seat on a United Democratic Alliance ticket.

Supporters of Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi and his running mate Abdifatah Diriye in Wajir town on Tuesday, June 14.
UNFULFILLED DREAMS: Supporters of Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi and his running mate Abdifatah Diriye in Wajir town on Tuesday, June 14.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Last week, former Wajir governor Ahmed Abdullahi said he is focused on winning back the seat he lost to Abdi in 2017.

Abdullahi said Abdi did not build on the transformational progress he initiated.

The former governor who unveiled his eight-point agenda attributed the failures to poor leadership, which led to political squabbles that culminated to Abdi's impeachment.

He said he seeks to address issues of water, drought, uplifting the youth, traders and ensuring county employees receive all their dues.

Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi and his running mate Abdifatah Diriye in Wajir town on Tuesday, June 14.
UPLIFTING LIVELIHOODS: Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi and his running mate Abdifatah Diriye in Wajir town on Tuesday, June 14.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Wajir is inhabited by the Degodia, Ogaden and Ajuran communities.

The Degodia, which is the majority occupy Wajir East, Wajir West, Tarbaj and Eldas subcounties.

Others in the Wajir gubernatorial race are Senator Abdullahi Ali and former Environment CAS Mohamed Elmi Ugas Sheikh and Siyad Abdullahi.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

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