Wajir Women Rep Fatuma Gedi today took Habaswein by storm as she was given a heroine welcome by the constituents. The Women Rep who had a function at the Wajir South Constituency headquarters was together with Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani and a host of Embrace Team. Speaking to a huge crowd who gathered to welcome her and her entourage, Gedi donated goodies to the youth and women groups.
Earlier there was a standoff as the area constituency MP Dr Mohamud Oomar and two women MPs from the region were said to be organizing a parallel rally. This failed after residents declined to attend and was cancelled by the authorities. There were reports that Majority Leader Aden Duale hired a chartered plane for the MP, nominated MP Mama Nasra Sahal and Garissa Women Rep Mama Anab Subow to organize the parallel rally. Dr Oomar who initially declined an invitation to the event and the two women MPs were instructed by the Habaswein Sub-county commissioner that there was an ongoing rally that is been organized by the Wajir Women Rep and officiated by a Cabinet Secretary representing the President and are not authorized to hold a parallel rally. The County commissioner stopped them at the Habaswein airstrip asking them to stay at Habaswein Library for fear of angry residents turning them away from the function. The area MP was later allowed to attend the event and was given an opportunity to speak to the people. The MP said he invited the Cabinet Secretary, a claim that was disputed by the Cabinet Secretary who said he was representing the President and was at the function at the invitation of the Women Rep, a claim that embarrassed the MP. The controversial Women Rep who appeared to enjoy the full backing of the government said she will come with the Chief Minister Fred Matiangi to conclusively address the ID challenge among other issues. According to sources close to her, she is expected to meet area Chiefs and Sub-Chiefs to discuss development projects the community may want the Internal Security Cabinet Secretary, who is the Coordinator of Cabinet Affairs and seen as the de facto Deputy President, to address when he visits with her.
There were talks of a rift between the area MP and the Women Rep for the better part of the two years they were in office which appears to be coming to the fore. Constituents who spoke to NFD DISPATCH said that the area MP is an absentee and that he only officially came to the constituency twice since he was elected. “Thanks to Fatuma Gedi, Mohamud appears to come to Habaswein only when she has a function” said one who identified himself as Hassan. The Constituency is the only one in the region where CDF has not been launched from the headquarters lament residents. They said they made many appeals for his visit which they claim the MP has declined to honour.
The Wajir South Constituency MP has been struggling to find his footing since he was elected to office pundits claim. They say the MP has been until now acting like he has no base or constituency. He is the least accessible among the legislators from NFD and appeared not to want to visit the constituency they claim. Constituents talk of the expectation they had of Dr Oomar and say they are hugely disappointed. They said the MP gave his thanksgiving speech in Garissa, a gesture that shocked them. ” We were shocked when the MP conducted his first constituency meeting and thanksgiving speech in Garissa”. We appeal to him to visit us to get to know our economic and political needs so that he can share them with the government said the residents.