Jubilee candidate for the Garissa Governor’s seat, Ali Korane, got a major boost on Sunday after he was endorsed by over 2,000 Absame Sub-clan elders and professionals from the area.
Garissa politics and voting pattern are more inclined on clan rather than party or issues.
And speaking at a Garissa hotel after the endorsement Korane said that Governor Nathif Jama has nothing to show even after receiving a whooping Sh.30 billion for the last four years.
There is nothing tangible, Nathif can boost of as we go for the general elections. The County does not even have its own headquarters, he wondered.
Korane promised to share the county’s resources fairly to all the 7 Sub-counties irrespective of whoever votes for him in the August 8 polls.
He said the annual budget of about Sh7 billion budget for the county was a huge amount that can do a lot if properly utilized.
Garissa Senator, Yussuf Haji, who was present told Garissa residents to unite and vote out the incumbent over what they termed as gross mismanagement of county resources.
The two who are contesting on Jubilee ticket said that the County could ill-afford to re-elect Nathif for another 5 years.
Haji said that the incumbent had failed to tame corruption which he noted had led to lack of meaningful development being initiated by his administration.
We are not just opposing Nathif for the sake of it. As an elder and a leader of this County, I can say without any fear of contradiction that he has failed us big time. That is why we want to give our people direction on how to vote so that we save our County, he said.
As we speak, contractors have not been paid, some who did work for the county as early as 2013, as a senator, I have written several letters to the Governor but there have been no response, he said.
The Senator said he has worked with Korane when he was an Administrator, describing him as a trustworthy, workaholic and an experienced leader who could be relied upon with the county resources.
An Engineer with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Mahbub Maalim, who hails from Nathif’s clan said Korane was an experienced administrator who if elected will distribute county resources fairly.
Maalim who was staunch supporter for the current governor during the 2013 polls said the Governor has failed to deliver.
Reached for comment on phone Nathif scoffed at the leaders’ sentiment, saying that they were ‘neither here nor there’.
My opponents have been engaging in a smear campaign that will take them nowhere. All I can tell them is that all I have done is there for everyone to see and let’s meet at the ballot, Nathif said.
Source: Kenya News Agency