By NJ Correspondent:
The Garre council of elders and their preferred candidates for the different elective posts in the county have made good their threat to ditch the ruling Jubilee party after failing to clinch direct nomination.
The group famously known as Team Tokkuma (unity) decamped to the little known Economic Freedom Party (EFP) after a recent town hall meeting in Nairobi where they signaled their intention to jump ship.
The news was welcomed by their rivals allied to Governor Ali Roba who broke ranks with the famous Banisa Declaration last year in which the elders sent packing all current elected leaders.
Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow and Women representative Fathia Mahboub supported the elders’ verdict while a team led by Governor Ali Roba and MPs Adan Mohamed Noor (Mandera North MP), Mohamed Mohamud – Mumad (Mandera West MP), Mohamed Huka (Mandera South MP) and over 18 MCA broke ranks with the elders.
The team allied to Roba has since proved to be a formidable one giving the elders and their selected candidates a run for their money.
Former administrator Hassan Noor Hassan was endorsed by the elders to take Roba’s seat in the coming elections.
Hassan is facing corruption related cases committed during his stint at the Ministry of devolution where he served as tender committee chairman, allegations that may dent his bid to unseat Roba.
According to a Registrar of political Parties gazette notice dated on Friday 10, 2017, Economic Freedom Party officials include; Issack Hassan Abey (National Chairperson), Josephine Mugure Wanjiru (Treasurer), Abdullahi Abdinoor Gessy (Secretary General), Ali Mohamed Ibren (Deputy National Chairperson), David Sande Oyolo (Director General Management) and Mohamed Keriyow (Organization Secretary).