, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 10 – Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow has announced he will not defend his seat in the General Election slated for August 2017.
In a statement posted on his Facebook Account, Kerrow said his decision follows a resolution by the Garre Council of Elders that all political seats held by the clan shall be vacated by serving leaders and be given to various sub-clans in the community.
The Senator said the pact is expected to affect Mandera Governor Ali Roba, Mandera West MP Mohamed Mumad, Banissa MP Mohamed Haji, Mandera North Mohamed Noor, Mandera South MP Mohamed Adan Huka, Mandera East MP Abdiaziz Ali Farah and County Woman Representative Fathia Mahbub.
The model of rotation of key political seats within the community was agreed upon in a community charter signed by all the 20 sub-clans in 2012.
“I totally support the decision of the council which represents the views of the larger community that has expressly stated its preference for a ‘negotiated democracy’ between its various components in order to enhance internal equity, and unity of the community. Pursuant to this decision, I shall not be seeking any elective post in Mandera County in the coming 2017 election insha Allah. I want to urge all my colleagues affected by this resolution to accept the decision of the Council for the larger interest of the community, and step down gracefully,” he said of the resolution adopted during a Council of Elders meeting in Banissa the last weekend attended by thousands of community elders, professionals, Ulamas and other leaders.
The elders adopted a resolution that no sub-clan within the community will be allowed to hold one political seat for more than one term regardless of one’s performance record.
Kerrow affirmed that he will continue serving as Senator to the end of the current term
“Nonetheless, my term as the Senator of the county ends after the next General Election. Hence, I shall continue to execute my mandate in representing the residents of Mandera County in the Senate, and to exercise oversight over the county government. Indeed, my usual numbered oversight posts informing the residents on the performance or otherwise of Mandera county government will continue. Amid concerns that those in power in the county will be tempted to empty the coffers as the election looms, my office will exercise an even greater vigilance over the county resources. You can take that to the bank!” asserted the outgoing Senator.
Kerrow further urged the county administration to resume operations in their offices after most services were shut down after news broke of the decision to replace Governor Roba.