By Abdinassir Ali.
Mandera senator Billow Kerrow and Deputy Governor Mr. Omar Mohamed Maalim led another round of demonstration in Mandera this morning to push for the removal of the County commissioner.
The deputy governor could not however address the rally held at Mandera bus park as youth heckled him shouting ‘hatutaki Omar’ (we don’t want Omar).
Area residents and a host of other leaders attended the demonstrations but Governor Ali Roba could not attend as he was said to be out of the country.
The leaders want the administrator out because they say he slept on the job. They also took issue with Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery for siding with his ‘brother’.
This follows a similar demonstration organized last week by Mandera Township MCA Mr. Feisal Abdinoor.
On Sunday, elders from five clans that inhabit the area threw their weight behind the embattled commissioner and accused the county leaders of harassing him because he refused to give in to their demands.
Mr. Mahamud Ibrahim Omar, Chairman of the group of elders said that contrary to their accusations, Mr. Ole Nkoya has brought sanity to the county which was ravaged by tribal clashes and attacks by Al-Shabaab.
“We are elders from five clans out of six that reside in Mandera and those demonstrating and calling for the ouster of our county commissioner are ill-advised” said Omar.
The elders said that the county commissioners has brought back sanity to the area in the seven months he was stationed there.
They pointed an accusing finger at the ruling elite whom they said the commissioner refused to give in to their demands.
“The county commissioner has done a lot of good things in Mandera, but if he fails, we will tell the National Government through the right channels but not through demonstrations,” said the Chairman.
Mandera is inhabited by Garre, Degodia, Murule, Marehan and several other corner tribes.