BY Mbarak Abucheri
The Talamuge pre-election alliance played a major influence role in the election of new Garissa county speaker.
The speaker’s race was influenced by political dynamics and clan including Abass’s clan (Samawathal) and Governor Korane (Abduwak).
Former Ijara Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abass was fovoured by Samwathal and Abudwak MCAs and elected the new Garissa County speaker.
The voting exercise was undertaken by 48 MCAs, 30 of them elected and 15 nominated
The new speaker garnered 38 votes beating his competitor Former Balambala MP Abdikadir Aden who got 11 votes. Abdikadir however conceded defeat.
Speaking upon his election, Abass said that he will serve the people of Garissa without fear or favor and further pledged not only to be impartial but also respect the constitution.
“We must be guided by the principals of good governance, democracy, patriotism, inclusivity as enshrined in our constitution,” Abass said.
Abass’ election has been attributed to the support he got from the Garissa Governor Ali Korane of Jubilee.
Former Fafi ward Member of County Assembly Mustapha had also expressed interest in the post but he withdrew during the last minute.
On his part, immediate former speaker Mohamed Abbey opted not to defend his post for reasons well-known to himself.