Garissa County Governor, Ali Korane has pledged to forget the political differences with his deputy Abdi Dagane, so they can better provide services to the locals.
The two County chiefs who have been on divergent political stands, have not been on speaking terms since 2020. However, elders from the region arbitrated their differences and reunited them.
The local elders convened a closed-door reconciliation meeting for the two leaders at the home of Governor Korane.
Last year, Governor Korane became under probe by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over a Sh233 million World Bank grant. The investigation is said to have caused the rift between Korane and his deputy.
Abdi Dagane is alleged to have declared himself as the County head, while his boss was undergoing investigations. The conflict between the two escalated to the point of Governor Korane accusing Dagane of undermining his authority.
Community elders have now brought the two together, with both pledging to prioritise working to implement development projects in the county.
“We politicians agree to disagree but I have reconciled with Mr Dagane. Now we have a common united stand,” Mr Korane said, adding that political differences are experienced worldwide. “We are going to serve the people who elected us and ensure we have a good working relationship,” Mr Korane said.
Speaking during the meeting, Mr Dagane pledged to support the Governor to realise the campaign promises they made to the residents.
“I urge all residents to give us another chance to improve our working relationship and serve them. Let us not dwell on the past,” he said.
Garissa Senator Abdul Haji lauded the reconciliatory effort and urged them to focus on developing the county.
“It is a good move from our county leaders. They can now work together on the project of transforming Messalina town into a municipality,” he said.
Other leaders at the meeting included county assembly Speaker Ahmed Ibrahim, former Fafi MP Aden Sugow, former Garissa mayor Siyat Osman and county secretary Abdi Ali.
The differences between Governor Ali Korane and his deputy had derailed some of the County’s development programmes, including clearing pending bills.