In Summary
  • Mr Roba accused the Economic Freedom Party (EFP) leadership of witch hunt, leading to the rejection of the executive nominees.
  • He wants the EFP members to stop political animosity and concentrate on service delivery to the people.
  • The governor challenged EFP to understand that elections are over, adding that he is ready for constructive engagement.

The political standoff in Mandera is far from over after Governor Ali Roba vowed to take back for vetting and approval a list of ten executive nominees rejected Thursday by the assembly.

In a phone interview with Nation, Governor Roba, elected on a Jubilee Party ticket, accused the Economic Freedom Party (EFP) leadership of witch hunt, leading to the rejection of the executive nominees.

“I am aware of what they (EFP) are after and this was a predetermined position which is on record and in public domain that they vowed to drop all CECs that will be presented by the governor even before the list was forwarded to assembly,” he claimed.

NEGOTIATED DEMOCRACY

Mr Roba said EFP is punishing him for defying the so called "negotiated democracy" by the Gurreh Council of Elders.

Mr Roba wants the EFP members to stop political animosity and concentrate on service delivery to the people.

He said the Thursday incident was well-crafted and premeditated when the EFP MCAs walked out on him when he was at the assembly for official opening in September.

“When their MCAs walked out on me at the assembly they went ahead to swear that they will [reject] my CEC nominees before I even presented the list,” he said.

ELECTIONS OVER

The Mandera governor challenged EFP to understand that elections are over, adding that he is ready for constructive engagement.

“I am ready to objectively engage the EFP leadership for constructive and realistic discussion and not for the continuation of negotiated democracy but on how we can protect pure democratic environment,” he said.

According to the governor, pure democracy will allow any leader uninhibited space to seek an elective position of his or her choice just like in other parts of the country.

“Mandera is in Kenya and it must conform to the norms contained in our laws. The council of elders and EFP are acting like a cult that believes it must get what it wants at all costs which is unacceptable,” he said.

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