THE ERA OF DEVOLUTION AND ITS RAMIFICATIONS FOR MINORITIES IN GARISSA COUNTY.
By Abdi Ismail Dalal
“History is a sequence of events witnessed and recorded by humanity as a reference and a lesson for posterity.” – The above sentiments come against the backdrop of the sorry state of affairs for the so-called minorities living in Garissa county.
We’re in the second phase of the devolved system of governance and the situation in Garissa county as regards equitable distribution of resources looks more elusive than ever for the so-called “minorities” – ( people have lived in Garissa town for ages and don’t have anywhere else that they can call “home”).
As opposed to the first phase of the devolved system of governance that was mainly based on ethnic or inter-clan alliances, the second phase of devolution in Garissa has come with a new twist to the tale; it has taken the narrative down to the very basic family unit hence proving to be a great drawback to us owing to the fact administration of governor Korane operates within a framework where the word equity or equality is conspicuously absent from its lexicon, thus enveloping us in a sable mantle.
The saying goes ” A people who never learn from history will never prosper ” – its against the pernicious exploits of the current administration that We’ve decided to come together with the objective of forming “the minority group ” that stand together as one major block.
The administration of governor Korane has decided to totally shut us out of his government by throwing out the few ladies and gentlemen from among our midst who had been serving in the ranks of governor Nathiif’s administration thus taking us out of the picture in every aspect of the human endeavours as opposed to the very laws that govern the devolved system of governance; this is an enterprise that amounts to a criminal offence, an enterprise precipitating and hence prejudicial that needs to be pursued through a legal process ( a course of action that the so-called minorities in Garissa are planning to embark on in the shortest time-frame possible).
Governor Ali Korane has forgotten that humans are creatures of memories and desires.
Life without hope that transcends the present, without dreams of improving a people’s condition and equally of saving others that we love, is a dreadful nightmare – (A nightmare that the administration of governor Korane has left us in). Such dystopian hopelessness has often resulted in radical change in the socio-political set up of people around the world throughout the ages and Garissa county is not an exception in this particular case.
Moreover, the governor has decided to overlook the fact that he is ever inching closer to the end of his ignominious term and he’ll definitely compelled to come knocking on our doors, seeking for our votes.
Finally, The mark of ones ignorance is the depth of his/her belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly – the butterfly in this instance is the formation of our Garissa minority group which will definitely be a springboard towards our collective ideals and aspirations.
Dalal is a former public relations officer,writer and the spokesperson for the minority group in Garissa county.