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We don’t want political rallies in Fafi—elders to area politicians



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Elders in Garissa County in past press conference. (Courtesy)

GARISSA—Community elders in Fafi, Garissa County now want “ban” of public events where politicians grace.

According to the elders, the politicians use the platforms to score political points at the expense of the peace and well-being of the host community.

Elders drawn from all sub-clans in the constituency Wednesday warned of chaos if the upcoming August 4 education forum that National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale is expected to attend is allowed to go on.

 The elders were reacting to an incident in Fafi Girls Secondary School when Fafi MP Abdikarim Osman blocked the Director of Basic Education Habat Sheikh Abdi, who was the guest of honour, from addressing the gathering.
Security forces at the event shot into the air to disperse angry youths belonging to different camps started hurling stones.
Speaking to the Nation, the elders pleaded with the area security team to maintain peace saying effort to cool off tension failed to take off.
“We are peace-loving residents and we don’t want any chaos brought about by politicians. That is why we are banning any political rallies in the constituency until differences are resolved,” Mzee Ali said.
He added, ” We respect the Majority Leader in the National Assembly (Duale) but we are telling him that he should not be part of people who are bringing disunity and chaos in our constituency. He should keep off until elders resolve all underlining issues.”


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