Kenya: Turkana Elders Defend Isiolo MCA Facing Recall Over Alleged Neglect

Turkana community leaders in Isiolo County have defended Burat MCA Yarrow Hassan's development record.

This comes amid a petition by a resident to have the politician recalled over alleged neglect of his electorate, corruption and failure to carry out his representation and oversight role.

Led by Turkana Council of Elders Chairman Albino Ekitela, the leaders accused the petitioner, Andrew Mola Ilere, of witch-hunt, noting that the MCA has, among other things, ensured water is connected to various homes and supported development of infrastructure in schools.

Addressing journalists in Isiolo town, they said Mr Ilere, who lives in Nairobi, does not know the challenges that Burat residents go through and should allow the leader do his work.

ELDERS' COUNCIL

The petitioner, they said, cannot purport to represent the community's grievances as their official communication organ is the elders' council.

"Let him allow the MCA do his work and refrain from politicking. If he has interest in the seat, he should wait until 2022," said Mr Samuel Lokoro.

Joseph Eskuku, a youth leader, said for more development to be realiSed, residents must support the incumbent leaders and refrain from divisive politics for selfish gains.

"Such issues may divide our people, cause tension and delay development. He (petitioner) cannot know what the leader has done because he is not on the ground. Why then not allow the MCA to do his work?" posed John Bosco Lorun.

PETITION

In the petition to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Mr Ilere said that on behalf of the community, he is ready to provide all the required signatures and affidavits to support the petition to recall the MCA.

"We, the residents and voters of Burat Ward, would like to recall our MCA over neglect, failure to carry out his role and corruption," the petition dated June 25, 2020 reads.

The petitioner will be required to, in a month's time, submit to the electoral body signatures of 30 per cent of all the registered voters in the ward, a list that must bear their voter's card and ID numbers.

IEBC, after receiving the submissions, will in 30 days verify the names and issue a receipt to the petitioner. The information will then be communicated to the county assembly Speaker within 15 days for deliberations by the legislators.

After the motion is passed, the electoral body will then announce the recall election in the ward in 90 days.

LIFESTYLE AUDIT

Mr Ilere has also petitioned the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to carry out a lifestyle audit on the MCA.

He also wants EACC to audit development projects in the ward for the past three years to ascertain if they were evenly distributed and whether residents got value for their money.

The MCA has dared the petitioner to go on with his recall petition.

"The law is clear and I am doing my work. Those pushing for the recall are welcome and I am ready for the contest," said Mr Hassan.

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