NAIROBI—A former journalist-cum-activist is now gunning to replace current Balambala Constituency legislator in the next year General Election.
Mohamed Dakane Karur says “wanting leadership” in the area and calls by the constituent to join the race has forced him to seek the seat currently held by Abdi Omar Shurie
“My mission is to devote a significant amount of time to the task of representing the people of Balambala Constituency and the larger Garissa County,” Karur told Kulan Post during the interview.
Born in Garissa, Karur attended both primary and secondary schools in the area.
The son of a former senior chief, Dakane Karur started his public engagement in the late 90’s after his graduation from the Kenya School of Mass Communication. Being among the few journalist from the region then, he was fortunate to get a place in the leading media outlets in the country such as Nation and The Standard. He later established his own magazine—Eastleigh Times.
“I was using my training as a journalist and the the available platform to help the locals get a voice,” Karur recounted.
He later moved out of the country to pursue Law degree in the UK. As a certified law practitioner, Karur set up an organization that aided Somali immigrants in their legal issues and residency status. Karur also holds Master in Law -LLM International Human Rights-UK, postgraduate Dip in law and Postgraduate Dip in legal practice course(LPC).
Several people who know him at a personal level and who we reached out for comments talked about his active involvement in politics and calls for change in Garissa and at the national level.
For close to two decades, Karur has been a human rights advocate. He also undertook humanitarian work in the formerly North Eastern Province of Kenya, Horn of African countries such as Somalia and Djibouti. In the UK, he served the National Heath Services as a senior manager.
“If given the opportunity to lead, I am willing to publicly acknowledge where I go wrong and learn from the mistakes. I am against leadership laced with arrogance,” noted the Chief Executive Officer of the Pastoralists Relief International, a civil society organization.
While responding to rumors doing round alleging his withdrawal from the 2022 bid , Karur said it was propaganda generated by individuals bent on derailing his ambition.
“Disregard the rumors of my withdrawal. I am in the ballot for the Balambala parliamentary elections,” assured the father of five in a video seen by Kulan Post.
Asked to describe himself, Karur stated that he is “trustworthy when entrusted to lead ,enthusiastic about his work or cause and also about his role as a leader.”