NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – A section of political leaders from Wajir County have withdrawn their support for the County’s Governor Ahmed Abdullahi, citing his lone-ranger leadership style that has isolated other leaders and communities.
The leaders also accused the incumbent Governor of failing to put in place adequate drought mitigation measures, calling on the national government to step in and save lives.
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Group in Wajir County Mohammed Elmy said the leaders are working on a negotiated deal that will share political seats between the three major communities in the county.
“We will very soon unveil and declare a complete line-up for the forth coming general election for the people of Wajir County which will be broad-based and all inclusive,” says Elmy.
The leaders who were speaking in Nairobi include the Deputy Governor Abdihafid Yarrow, the county’s nominated Senator Halima Abdille, Members of Parliament from the region, several MCA’s and a section of council of elders have also accused Governor Abdullahi of excluding them from decision making.
“I have been isolated as the Deputy Governor for the last six months. He has turned the County into his personal property where he is the sole decision maker in everything. He is the procurement manager, he is the finance manager, he is the accountant, the governor, the deputy governor…he is everything,” Yarrow says.
Senator Abdille says the Governor should not politicize resource distribution where some areas are favored over others, adding that the Governor has failed to fulfill his campaign promises.
The Governor was not immediately available for comment over the accusations leveled on him.