By Ali Bashane:
Wajir women representative seat is a battle ground for the ladies. Whereas some are defending the validity of the seat, others are questioning the importance of the position. They argue it’s a waste of time and resources. A burden to the wage bill and a pressure to the economy.
Apart from addressing domestic violence and a few bills on affirmative action, the female lawmakers are said to be unproductive and have nothing much to be proud of. Probably the reason why the incumbent has hang up her boots ready to wrestle out with the men in the posh parliamentary seat. Call me a male chauvinist if you like, but I strongly believe the seat should be scrapped altogether. I hope, I can withstand the punches from the female folks. Personal opinion aside, there are a number of young ladies who are craving for the seat. Some losing all their sleep and others praying hard to their God.
Abdille is the first in the pecking order. The young nominated senator is the lady to watch. She has started her campaigns early and has been crisscrossing the entire county. She resonates well with the youth and has been sponsoring football tournaments in the sub counties. Interacting with old men and women in the senate, she must have learnt one or two from the experienced lot. She is however, not visible in the social media. Her secretariat is probably not digital.
She looks to be relating well with other politicians, at least from the face value. She is said to leaning towards the FAI bandwagon. The political guru and tactician from Eldas is said to be on her side. Her biggest headache, incumbent Hon. Fatuma Ibrahim has cleared the way for her.
Being in the Senate for the past few years she could be in a good position to kick-start a serious campaign. Unless she gets tired, based on the pace she is moving at, there is a good chance she could bag the seat.
Barey Diis Bulle
What a name! Daughter of mama Cawrala, also with a brilliant original name, Barey is in the race. This lady with authentic and her genuine Degodia name is making inroads in the county. It’s often said if you have an original take in life or something about you is original, then you will pull people on your side based on your originality. The former Telkom retrenchee is the new entrant in to the political arena. She has roots in both Tarbaj and Eldas, a little bonus for a contestant.
Barey is said to be cool and soft. Based in Wajir and being a housewife, she has all the time to build networks. Although she lacks the necessary experience, she is making an impact in the county. She has a group of young digital guys who are on mission to market her. Just like Halima, she comes from Eldas. She has some work to do to grab the seat.
Nimco Omar Haji:
Thirdly, the Facebook sensational Nimco Omar Haji Mohamud is causing shock waves in the internet. The daughter of Mzee Omar Haji of the old KANU days, Nimco is a force in this race. Her campaign slogan “simama na dada Nimco” is becoming a Facebook hit. She comes from Wajir West, a constituency the governor is banking on to negotiate with other regions. She will be under pressure to step down. For now she looks determined to go the end.
Her face is all over the social media and if this was a beauty contest, dada Nimco would have been an outright winner. Critics will say beautiful faces that charm us the most, escape us the soonest. Unless that happens, Nimco appears to be in for the long haul.
Another rumour flying around is that she is a project of the man from Eldas to divide the mantaan vote. She must counteract this if she is to be relevant in the polls. For now she remains a virtual candidate, a term coined by a close relative of mine to demean the political strength of an opponent. She needs to invest more in the rural areas where she is barely known.
Halima Ali Shina:
Halima Shina, the young youthful lady is another one to watch. She is a good mobiliser who is popular among the youth.
It appears her campaign team has been dull and mute although she has just been rejuvenated. Unlike 2013 people are not that much euphoric about her candidature. She is close to the Current county regime, a baggage which might cost her some votes.
Her performance will depend on how she disassociates from the man and maneuvers her way out. She has the likeability factor which can attract her votes. She can make an impact in the polls if she plays her cards well.
Word in the streets of Wajir is that she is not serious this time round. Whether that is a propaganda or not depends on how her secretariat responds. Information is power therefore, she ought to clear the air to progress. As for now she has some obstacles on her way.
Hassan’s name keeps popping up as possible candidate. The Londoner popularly know as Fatuma Hayes is disadvantaged by the FAI factor (her sub clan).
While we could benefit from her new ideas of representation, Fatuma is not lucky at this point in time. The FAI are definitely going for other more important seats and are not, the least, mentioning the women rep.
If she decides to go on her own right ignoring the current establishment , she will perform dismally.
Being a step mum to Halima Shina complicates the equation. A situation that may intricate the contest putting family relations in to jeopardy. However, all indications are the community will dangle the seats to other sections to gain their support. without a doubt, I am sure the lady will be under intense pressure to withdraw.
Madam Oraay from Wajir north is a another possible contender. She could benefit from the divided Degodia votes if she decides to contest. no information was forthcoming from her side by the time this article was being written.
Lastly the ladies contest has just began. on the eve of Eid-ul-fitr it won’t cause you much harm reading and commenting on all ladies affair.
Any other contestant baying for my blood for being excluded is a late comer. Either you are too slow or you have not invested on publicity. whichever the case you are not worth the seat. it’s best you join the team of one of the ladies above.
To the candidates, remember a year isn’t just a long time in politics, its a whole new dimension. With determination you can achieve your goals and every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.
Don’t be deterred and don’t loose hope. After all this is just my take .
Have a lovely EID-UL-FITR.
The writer is a Nep Journal contributor and comments on political issues. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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