Clan decision forces Senator to step down
11 August 2016, 12:08
Mandera - Mandera Senator, Billow Kerrow has announced that he will not defending his seat in the coming general elections.
Kerrow on Wednesday made the announcement few days after the Garre Council of Elders in Mandera County declared that all political seats held by the clan shall be vacated by the serving leaders to go to various sub-clans in the community.
All 20 sub-clans in the region in 2012 reached an agreement to share key political seats within the community. The clans all signed a community charter to that effect for the sake of peace in the county.
"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," he told journalists.
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Senator Kerrow, who hails from the clan is among the first leaders from the region to heed the decision by the clan, which was arrived at over the weekend at a meeting in Banissa.
Other politicians who will be affected by the elders declaration include; Mandera Governor Ali Roba, MPs Mohammud Mohammed (Mandera West), Abdulaziz Ali Farah (Mandera East), Adan Huka (Mandera South), Mohamed Abdi Haji (Banissa) and Fathia Mahbub (County women rep).
Thousands of community elders, professionals and other leaders attended the meeting, where the resolution was arrived at and declared.
"I shall not be seeking any elective post in Mandera county in the coming 2017 election. 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," said Kerrow.
Senator Kerrow however reaffirmed his commitment to discharge his mandate in representing the residents of Mandera county in the Senate, before the end of his term next year.
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