Garissa Governor Ali Qorane has called on religious leaders to take a more active role leading the society and spearheading peaceful coexistence. Addressing over 300 religious leaders and Madrassa teachers who gathered for an Iftar dinner he organized, the governor promised that the County Government will absorb more of their ranks and asked them not to shy away from advising and guiding his government. The Governor who pledged to pay for the Imams leading the Ramadan Taraweeh prayers in 100 mosques said his government will fully integrate the madrassa system into mainstream education and will ask the national government and other development partners to help in the funding and facilitation of the integration process. Qorane said a printing press to prepare and process the setting up of the Islamic school examinations will be funded by the County government. The governor said he wants the religious leaders to led this process and his government will expand the Directorate of Religious affairs. The Governor pledged the Madrassas a further shillings 10 million this financial year.
Qorane said that the recent rift between him and the Majority Leader Hon. Aden Duale was just ”a film”. Qorane who downplayed the public spurt between him and the Garissa Township legislature said that he is learning but not good at shouting matches amid laughters from the crowd.