The Star (Nairobi)

5 March 2012

Kenya: Ex-Mandera MP Eyes New Constituency

A former Mandera West MP has declared interest for the proposed Takaba constituency seat. Sayid Mohammed Amin was the area MP for two terms until 2002 and also served as an assistant minister.

Addressing locals from the newly-created constituency at, Amin said the distribution of Constituency Development Fund is not fair saying some are being punished for their political affiliation.

"There are reports going round Mandera county that some individuals have been appointed for some of the seats but the fact is that some of the resolutions purportedly reached by a section of elders are not binding", he said.

In the proposed Constituencies, Mandera West has been split to Takaba and Banisa Constituencies. Recently, the Gurreh community that forms the largest single community in Mandera County nominated Captain Ali Ibrahim Roba to be the unchallenged Governor of the County.

In addition the community's council of elder said they had identified nominees to the three of the six constituencies dominated solely by the Gurreh community in the county.

They include Mohamed Maalim Mohamud (Takaba constituency), Mohamed Abdi Haji (Banisa Constituency) and Mohamed Adan Huka Mandera South constituency. Mohamud is currently the MP for Mandera West which according to the proposed constituency has been split into two.

Maalim Ali Noor, the Chairman of the 21 member Council representing the subclans of the Gurreh community said the decision was reached after more than 2 years consultations.

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