Marsabit new governor pledges development, peace

The Marsabit Governor, Mohammud Ali has called on residents to put behind frictions caused by election campaigns and focus on peace building and development.

Ali was sworn into office by Justice Francis Gikonyo on Monday at Moi Girls Secondary School grounds in a function that was skipped by former governor UKur Yattani.

Former County Deputy Governor Omar Abdi Ali handed the office to the new governor.

The colorful function was also attended by County Commissioner (CC), Senator-elect, Abubakar Harugura, Women Representative-elect, Safia Sheikh Adan and MPs elect Ali Rasso (Saku), Musa Arbelle (Laisamis), Qalicha Gufu (Moyale) and Chachu Ganya (North Horr).

The Governor called on various communities residing in the county to live in peace, saying the unity would enable leaders to set their energies on development.

He noted that the many communities with diverse cultural heritage residing in the region should provide a suitable ground to nature peace and development.

This government is going to accommodate our diversity in all forms as I will ensure that my Administration is people driven and that its composition shall reflect the face of Marsabit,” said the new Governor.

Marsabit which is the second largest county after Turkana is faced with many challenges that include poor roads, inadequate water, and inaccessible medical care while over 70 per cent of residents were living in abject poverty.

We are still faced with widespread poverty and access to social services such as education, health and water remains limited,” the Governor observed.

Ali and who is the former NHIF Chairman said that the health sector will be strengthened with the Level Four hospitals being equipped and staffed, while other health facilities will not only be made functional but also accessible.

Regarding women and youth, he said his administration will go beyond the mandatory 30 per cent rule, adding that actions, plans and programme by his Government will be informed by the gender rule which goes beyond mere appointments.

Ali also promised to transform the livestock sector which is the lifeline of the local residents by improving on veterinary services, water management and encouraging cross border pasture sharing with neighbouring Ethiopia.

He said that cross-border trade not only limited to livestock will be enhanced in order to generate wealth and effectively address the issue of poverty.

Borana traditional leaders, Revered Borana Aba-Gadha (traditional king), Kura Jarso who reigns in Ethiopia and their delegation also graced the occasion.

Source: Kenya News Agency