Korane's new leadership style is reason Garissa clans now talk of unity
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2Little development in areas inhabited by members of the Abuduak clan did little to assuage it from feeling sidelined by the very corporate body that was purposefully instituted by the Constitution as redress for past inequities and marginalisation. Then a tragic conflict occurred in an outlying area of the county known as Qabobey during that infancy stage of devolution, in what seemed to be a buildup of the clan supremacy battle. What a wrong way it was to begin devolution! Mr Korane took a different approach after his election by extending an olive branch to his competitors and reached out to various communities in a determined move to create unity and cohesion. It was particularly disarming when he started the healing work with the clan of his predecessor by resolving that differences between the Abuduak and Auliyahan had to end forthwith. Attention had to shift to peace-building and development of the county for the 'good of all'. Worthy mentioning here is the fact that there was a palpable fear among some Auliyahan that if Korane became governor they would be oppressed. But through that fruitful meeting with the clan elites and elders shortly following his victory, the preconception has become untenable. Public Service Korane's government has also adopted a more balanced approach to appointments and development projects. Apart from having considerable presence in the executive, the critical human resource position of Chairperson of Garissa County Public Service Board, for example, has gone to madam Ebla Europe Sahal, an Auliyahan. The development tours of the county chief have as well been pleasantly balanced and characterised by very warm reception from people, regardless of their progenitors. I guess what has come in handy for the governor so far is that he had long ago studied the failures of the previous government with a desire to turn matters around. His experience on the whys and hows of public service gave him a head-start. No wonder he carries himself more as a technocrat than a politician. In fact, korane has publicly stated that he does not consider himself a politician. His action-oriented style of leadership is now causing discomfort in some local, power-hungry politicians, who have seen that the governor may easily secure a second term if he keeps the current momentum of peace-building and development going. They have now resorted to forming a tacit alliance of political saboteurs, whose work is to discredit the governor. To these forces of darkness, leadership is but a chance to get more wealth and clapping crowd, which is what Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua once described as the essence of the "politics of poverty". I, therefore, urge the governor to continue with his commendable peace-building and development efforts and not get distracted or discouraged by the machinations of political busybodies and opportunists, who are out to curtail and derail his noble agenda for the people. Residents should also support the work of remaking our county and shame, shun and spurn the purveyors of hatred and political retrogression. Mr Mohamed comments on sociopolitical issues. [email protected]
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