- A soft-spoken Guliye said his win was a surprise to his opponent who had been endorsed by the elders.
- Mr Guliye said his childhood dream has always been to be a politician.
- He says his first priority as the Morothile MCA is to solve the water shortage crisis.
When Mr Abdullahi Yunis Guliye announced that he would contest for Morothile Ward seat in Mandera County, many called him a failure who lacked a vision in his life.
On August 10, he was declared the winner on Jubilee Party ticket in a contest that pitted him against the influence of elders in Mandera.
A soft-spoken Guliye, told Nation in an exclusive interview that his win was a surprise to his opponent who had been endorsed by the elders.
A certified Public Accountant and a graduate from the Kenya Methodist University, Mr Guliye said his childhood dream has always been to be a politician.
In the August 8 elections, he won with 1,153 votes against the second contestant who garnered 1,003 votes.
“I contested in 2013 elections but lost due to council of elders’ endorsement but this time round locals have come of age and understand that elders have no political role,” he said.
In 2013, Mr Guliye finished second, losing to the winner by only of 17 votes.
He says that he is interested in the minority leader’s seat in the Mandera County Assembly as he seeks to grow his political career.
“I got into politics because it is the only avenue I can help many people by presenting their needs to the government and getting the rightful share of the national cake,” he said.
To defeat the elders’ influence in an area where they (elders) call the shots in almost everything, Mr Guliye says he relied on the youth and women to gain mileage.