By S. Hassan.
Wajir residents have decried plans by well connected individuals in the town to grab qorahey grounds.
Residents are concerned that some people may be hell bent on grabbing the land which they say defines their history and needs to be preserved.
They raised concerns that the famous ground is a target for many wealthy individuals who could now grab it in the name of development. The county government is planning to develop a public park in the town and most likely they have their eyes on qorahey.
Qorahey wells were used by herders as a watering point for their animals and domestic needs in the past but changing life patterns pushed them out of the town.
Wajir has no river and residents rely on shallow wells for water and Qorahey comes in handy whenever there is drought in the county. Water is tracked from here to all the corners of the county and residents have genuine concerns because if it falls on the hands of individuals this could be gone forever throwing the lives of those who rely on it into disarray.
Many others earn their daily bread by operating small businesses in qorahey such as kiosks, food points and a small animals’ market. The ground is also used by residents for prayers during Idd and other special occasions.
A resident of the town Mr. Mohamed Abey told Nepjournal.com that he remembers bringing animals to this ground in the early sixties and has fond memories of how his family’s water needs heavily relied on qorahey.
Another resident who spoke to us on condition of anonymity said that the defunct Wajir county council was used to grab public land including that of its own by well connected individuals some of which were heading the council. “A good example is the vast land beyond the former offices of the defunct Wajir county council which now houses the Town Administrator, while another is the land opposite plaza service station” he said.
He called on residents to be wary of attempts to grab more public land under the new dispensation. “It is only the name that has changed” he says adding that the corrupt practices of the defunct local authority could have been carried forward to the County government.
Qorahey, which literally translates to ‘the sunny’ derives its name from its plain terrain and herders rightfully named it so because there were no trees to cover them from the scorching sun.