“Whenever elders are doing what they are doing, they forget about the youth and the women in society and this was a vacuum I exploited to end up in the assembly,” said Mr Guliye vehemently denying that he is a “computer-generated” leader.

“Youth and women don’t benefit from these political decisions of the elders but people have spoken and this ends the elders’ era,” he said.

ELDERS' ENDORSEMENT

In 2013, the council of elders in Mandera endorsed a line-up that saw Governor Ali Roba elected but their similar attempt for the 2017 elections received a lot of resistance.

Mr Roba led in defying the elders’ agenda when they decreed that he vacates office for Mr Hassan Noor Hassan in the spirits of negotiated democracy.

Mr Guliye says his first priority as the Morothile MCA is to solve the water shortage crisis and poor medical services in the area.

“Morothile is just a ward by name but has nothing to make people feel the government’s presence despite having devolution in past five years,” he said.

PRIORITIES

He cites poor infrastructure, lack of medical facilities and water sources for human and livestock as major economic setbacks in Morothile.

While in the assembly, Mr Guliye says he will support any motion seeking to improve education standards in Mandera County which has always lagged behind academically.

He believes the sharp political divide between Jubilee and the Economic Freedom Party will dissipate with time and that MCAs will concentrate on issues affecting Mandera and not political parties.

“Being a leader is about service delivery to the people and and this way I am optimistic that we will get moving in the near future,” he said.

He calls on the youth in Mandera to go out of their way and, in confines of law, follow their dreams and not let elders decide everything for them.

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