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Take leading role in election, Fafi MP candidate tells imams

Says religious leaders should guide the electorate against electing leaders who lack leadership skills and integrity

In Summary
  • Salah said religious leaders cannot live in isolation and should guide voters on electing the right leaders come August 9.
  • One of the religious leaders Sheikh Issack Abdullahi said time has come for imams to speak from the pulpit and guide the electorate to the right candidates.
UDA Fafi parliamentary candidate Salah Yakub speaking at a wedding in Garissa town on Tuesday, June 21.
RIGHT LEADERS: UDA Fafi parliamentary candidate Salah Yakub speaking at a wedding in Garissa town on Tuesday, June 21.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

UDA Fafi parliamentary candidate Salah Yakub has challenged religious leaders to take a leading role in the upcoming general election.

He said religious leaders cannot live in isolation and should guide voters on electing the right leaders come August 9.

Salah spoke on Tuesday during a wedding in Garissa town.

The former county executive in Nathif Jama’s administration said religious leaders are respected individuals, whose word is always taken with a lot of seriousness.

He said they therefore have a responsibility to ensure they advice the electorate on the kind of leaders to look for.

UDA Fafi parliamentary candidate Salah Yakub interacts with his supporters during a wedding in Garissa town on Tuesday, June 21.
SOUND CHOICE: UDA Fafi parliamentary candidate Salah Yakub interacts with his supporters during a wedding in Garissa town on Tuesday, June 21.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

“Religious leaders have a greater responsibility to guide the electorate against electing individuals, who lack leadership skills and integrity,” Salah said.

One of the religious leaders Sheikh Issack Abdullahi said time has come for imams to speak from the pulpit and guide the electorate to the right candidates.

He said in Saudi Arabia, politicians and religious leaders work hand in hand for the sake of the masses.

“We are asking our people to vote wisely, right from the president to MCA. These are individuals who are going to represent you in the next five years.

"Voting in the wrong people means doing yourself the biggest injustice. Let us all rise above clan politics,” Abdullahi said.

UDA Fafi parliamentary candidate Salah Yakub interacts with his supporters during a wedding in Garissa town on Tuesday, June 21.
CLAN POLITICS: UDA Fafi parliamentary candidate Salah Yakub interacts with his supporters during a wedding in Garissa town on Tuesday, June 21.
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Salah alias Hangool hails from Rer-Harun sub-clan, which has endorsed him as the sole Fafi MP candidate.

The elders dropped among others Garissa Woman Representative Anab Gure, who was also eyeing the seat.

Salah came second in the 2017 polls, while contesting as an independent candidate.

He said he looks forward to implementing his party’s bottom-up philosophy to improve the lives of his constituents.

“Provision of adequate clean water, improving the education sector, road infrastructure and working with the security apparatus are my top priorities,” Salah said.

In terms of clan matrix, the UDA candidate has an advantage over his competitors.

He is the sole candidate from his sub-clan as opposed to his three opponents, who are from the Rer-Kasim sub-clan.

They are incumbent Abdikain Osman (Jubilee), Mohamed Subey Gedi (ANC) and Mohamed Diis Shafat (Kanu).

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

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