Mandera Governor Ali Roba is facing tough opposition in his second term in office. Unlike during his first term, where he enjoyed the support of the county leadership, including the Garre Council of Elders and the MCAs, things are different this time round. The Economic Freedom Party enjoys the majority in the assembly with 17 elected and 10 nominated MCAs. But Roba of Jubilee has 10 elected and seven nominated members. The House leadership, including the speaker’s seat, is dominated by the EFP. In the National Assembly, of the seven MPs, EFP has five while Jubilee has two, as well as the woman representative.
On September 28 Mandera EFP MCAs walked out of assembly during opening by the governor, as as soon he began speaking. But his speech was conciliatory, as Roba asked the opposition side to bury their differences and serve the people. His win is also being challenged at the High Court in Nairobi by Hassan Noor of EFP. Last week, he presented seven executive nominees to the assembly for approval. According to an EFP MCA who spoke to the Star on anonymity, Roba decided to ‘test the waters’ with the seven.