By Abdiweli Aden:
A Mandera County Assembly member has announced plans to sponsor a county-wide sporting event that is aimed at curbing the increasing mistrust between members of the public and security agencies in the area.
Nominated MCA for the youth Jamaldin Adan told Nep Journal the event will include football and volleyball tournaments and will be held in all the Sub – County headquarters.
Jamaldin wrote a letter of notification to County Commissioner and copied Governor Ali Roba and all the heads of the national government security departments based in Mandera County.
“It is for the overall betterment of the community and security authorities partnerships that I have come up with this innovative idea to sponsor a sports fete that will go a long way in establishing and strengthening collaborative efforts for a better, safer and secure Mandera County for all of us.” Said Jamaladin.
The outspoken MCA said sporting events were the best avenues to exploit to create trust and good working relations between security agencies and members of the public.
He added the event will be dubbed ‘The Hon Jamaldin Adan Mandera County Sports 2016’ and the winners will take home trophies, other prizes and cash rewards.
Mandera has seen bloody clan clashes and cross-border terror attacks in the past but the County now enjoys relative calm realized following concerted efforts by locals and security agencies.
A team of sports experts and local football stakeholders have already been mobilized by the MCA to facilitate the event.