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Mandera County govt leaders meet in Kwale

28 October 2013, 16:12 John Kioko

Kwale - Members of the County government of Mandera are converging at the BaoBab Beach Resort in Diani to deliberate on development issues.

The two days meeting that kicked of on Sunday is aimed at nurturing synergy, according to Mandera governor, Ali Ibrahim Roba.

He said that 50 years ago, the leadership of the region had been blaming the national government for marginalization and underdevelopment.

“Now we have opportunity to manage and solve our problems with the devolution in place. We cannot afford to blame each other,” he said.

Speaking at BaoBab on Sunday when he officially opened the workshop, governor Roba said that they wanted to develop a good working relationship between he elected and nominated leaders both at national and county level for the sake of development.

“We have to sort out the issue of Uwezo fund, Constituency Development Funds and other projects that need coordination between the local and national government if locals are to benefit," he said.

He said it is through collaboration between the County leaders and national government that development can be realized in the area.

“Our aim is to know what each of us as leaders is undertaking in terms of development at the County level so that we don’t clash or duplicate projects,” he noted.

The meeting was attended by area members of parliament, senator and county executive member who pledged to work together to develop the entire Mandera County.

MPs Shaban Issack, Mohamed Haji, Hassan Osman and Fathia Mohamed, alongside cabinet secretary for Industrialization, Adan Mohamed, were also in attendance.

Mandera County senator, Billow Kerrow, said that the leadership of the County should prove to residents that the devolved government is beneficial to them.

"We have to work together; we will support each other where necessary to ensure our County moves forward in terms of developments,” he said.

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