Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Mandera branch has hailed Members of County Assembly (MCAs) for fostering the ongoing reconciliation plans in the region.
Led by their executive secretary, Mohamed Kullow Sheikh, the union has also embarked on co-opting teachers in promoting unity in the county.
Sheikh who was speaking in Mandera town thanked Governor Ali Roba for appointing him as a member of the county education board.
On Friday, county MCAs rose beyond their political alignments and agreed to share leadership positions in the House committees as one team.
The ten house committee positions had initially been taken over by members affiliated to Economic Freedom Party (EFP) that forms the majority in the chamber, leaving Jubilee MCAs a disgruntled lot.
Minority Leader, Jimale Abdi Hassan said they agreed to share the committee seats in order to reduce tension in the assembly.
EFP had banked on its tyranny of numbers when we were electing leaders and members of these committees but now we have reached an agreement to accommodate other parties, he said.
On his part, majority leader, Abdi Adan Ali said the changes were due to political reconciliation and building bridges initiative that is sweeping across the country.
As EFP, we have agreed to voluntarily give out some positions in the committees to Jubilee members and this was after serious negotiations, he said.
He said a bonding and reconciliation meeting held in Maasai Mara led to an agreement to consider Jubilee members in the committees.
We are now one team, determined to serve the people of Mandera, said Ali.
The majority leader said the changes centered on building a mutual working relationship and sharing responsibilities in the assembly.
Jubilee members are part of the assembly and we have to discharge our duties as MCAs equally, he said.
Sala Ward MCA, Abdirashid Maalim Osman affiliated to Jubilee party will chair peace and security, while the remaining nine slots went to EFP. The minority party also got nine vice chair positions.
Osman promised to work with the executive in ensuring peace prevails amongst residents and also engage national security teams in finding a long lasting solution to terror menace in the region.
Source: Kenya News Agency