Garissa Governor Ali Korane has reconciled with his Deputy Abdi Dagane after years of accusations and counter accusations on the running of the County.
The two have vowed to work together for the sake of the people who elected them to office.
In mid-2019, Dagane through his Facebook account accused his boss of locking him out of key decision-making activities in the day-to-day running of the county affairs.
Dagane alleged that Governor Korane no longer consulted him as agreed in their pre-election coalition agreement that propelled them to power in the 2017 general elections.
“When I took an oath alongside the Governor on the 21st day of August, 2017, we had a lot of zeal and vigour to transform Garissa into a regional hub. Our vision was to see a better Garissa and a government that appreciates the people who are the very force that propelled it to power. As a principal assistant and the most senior county official from the Samawadhal community, I would not bargain with anybody for the rights of my people and the programs that they’re entitled to,” He said.
After nearly two years, the two have buried the hatch in a ‘handshake ‘ceremony held at the governor’s residence where they regretted that their differences had gone public.
Governor Korane said politicians agree and disagree at one point but eventually it is healthy to work together for the benefit of the County.
The Governor said the rift between leaders was a nationwide phenomenon but Garissa County will set the pace for the rest to emulate.
“Unity for the interests of the electorate who gave us votes under one umbrella is paramount,” Korane said.
Dagane on the other hand urged members of the public to desist from dwelling on the past and focus on the new turn of events anchored on forgiveness, unity and blessings.
The Deputy Governor said he will work with Governor Korane to achieve their campaign manifesto.
Garissa Senator Abdul Haji who was also present thanked the two leaders of putting the interest of the electorate before their own.
“I appreciated the move by our two leader and thank them for the bold decision they took to put aside their interests and focus of delivering what they promised the electorate,” Abdul said.
Garissa county Assembly speaker Ahmed Ibrahim Abass, Former Fafi MP (Rtd) Major Aden Sugow, Former Garissa Mayor Siyat Osman were among leaders who addressed the meeting.