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27 MCAs walk out on Governor Roba’s speech in protest

There was drama at the County Assembly of Mandera when twenty-seven Members of Mandera County assembly walked out in protest after  Governor Ali Roba stood up to address the house representatives on Thursday.

The MCAs protest came immediately after the speaker Mohamed Adan Khalif completed his welcome note to the governor. The 27 MCAs included 17 elected on Economic Freedom Party (EFP) a Jubilee affiliated Party and 10 nominated members.

The MCAs who are allied to Former administrator Hassan Noor Hassan and Garre Council of Elders who was defeated in August 8 polls by the current governor are proving to be a formidable force to challenge his administration taking advantage of their Majority number in the House.

Speaking to Nep Journal on Phone, Guticha Ward Representative Mohamed Ibrahim said the MCAs’ walkout but didn’t obstruct the governor to address the representatives.

“The standing order 311 of Mandera County Assembly requires a third of the members to be present in the house which 16 members for the governor to make his speech and therefore he had the quorum of 21 members present,” said Ibrahim.

However, in his speech Roba said that he was willing to work with all Members of County Assembly and leaders in unity with the objective of service to the People Mandera.

“I wish to reiterate that Mandera is for all of us. All of us have a stake in this county as individuals and corporate. It is upon us to make this a progressive county for our children, our children’s children and us,” said Roba.

Meanwhile governor Roba is expected to unveil the much awaited list of nominees for County Executive Committees (CECs) which beats deadline for submissions tomorrow despite the majority of the House representatives opposed to his administration.

Roba is yet to suspend any of his former senior officers some of whom openly opposed him during the last elections.

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