Youth from the Northern Frontier region formally North Eastern Province have urged Mandera elders to stop dictating on who to be elected in the new found rotational leadership among clans in the county.
The emerging leadership in the region comprising of mainly the youth have said the agreements among clan elders is skewed towards the rich and elderly thus denying the youth a fair shot at leadership.
“We want the contest to be open to all and be fair, let the clan elders educate voters against clanism and also emphasize on quality leadership, we cannot have elders nominating the rich, old and incompetent for our turn to eat’ as we the youth watch” – Hon Abduljabaar Moh’d the incoming MCA for wagalla-Ganyure ward said.
The youthful Abduljabaar was accompanied by several youth opinion leaders from the region including former University Student leaders and buiness leaders and professionals.
The leaders also asked the electorate to welcome all political aspirants for an opportunity to interrogate their vision instead of waiting for clan elders to give direction. “I urge you to welcome everyone,honour every leader’s opinion, let us not abuse our opponents,attack their persons, respond any insult they hurl on us. In the end our maturity on how we present to you would guide you”- Abduljabaar added
The youth thanked Raila Odinga for being steadfast in strengthening and defending devolution and called the electorate to vote for strong leaders who can ensure proper oversight.
“We are lucky to be blessed with devolution that is merely all about enhancing democratic governance and exercise of separation of powers at the county level. The need to have a proper oversight role and adopt bills that are of beneficial to our electorates remain a challenge I believe enough is enough, inshaalah in the near feature the change in the leadership would produce a change of outcomes” Abduljabaar said