|Mandera Central MP Abdikadir Mohammed. (Photo:File/Standard)|
By Martin Mutua
NAIROBI, KENYA: Outgoing Mandera Central MP Abdikadir Mohammed has said he will not defend his seat and neither will he be vying for any elective position in the coming general elections.
Abdikadir who was instrumental in the implementation of the new constitution by steering the parliamentary oversight committee that pushed for the passage of laws that operationalized the new constitution says he now needs a break.
In an interview with The Standard Abdikadir said the five years he had served as an MP were enough and he had managed to do what he was elected to do by his constituents.
“I have done reasonably well the work of legislating as well as representing the people of Mandera central who gave me an opportunity to serve them in that capacity,” he added.
Abdikadir noted that he was happy that he had served in various capacities in the Tenth parliament where he managed to make a difference.
The former Mandera central MP was the chairman of the Justice and Legal Affairs committee when he joined parliament.
And with the promulgation of the new constitution he quit the position to take over another critical one, the Chairman of the parliamentary Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC) which was charged with overseeing the implementation of the new document.
Abdikadir who was accepted by members from across the political divide as he was viewed as being neutral fro the political realignments in the House . He will be remembered for the manner in which he steered the two committees to come up with critical decisions pertaining to the new constitution.
Many a times is when he had to raise the red flag and literally push the government whenever the process was about to stall or certain timelines were being flouted by the executive.
“I have done what I was able to do and now I am ready to do any other interesting job that will come my way,” he added.