NAIROBI, Kenya, September 2 – A section of leaders in the Northeast region unveiled a new political party to advocate for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) interests ahead of the 2022 general election.
In a joint press release read by Senator Garissa Abdul Haji following a meeting called by Cabinet Secretary to the Treasury Ukur Yatani, the new organization named UPYA seeks to negotiate socio-economic investments and the development of the region .
“The UPYA movement will unite the inhabitants of the ASAL areas to articulate a common political position and objectives for the 2022 elections and negotiate for development,” said the senator.
Haji said the UPYA movement will unite leaders keen to see the development of the ASAL region which they believe has been marginalized for decades.
The senator added that the holding will be a participatory and grassroots-driven movement that listens to the residents of the region and gives them a chance to express their views in order to formulate strategies to close the development gap of the ASAL zone.
Elders MP Adan Keynan said the region had supported other groups in the past, but they decided to discuss a new path.
“In the past, we have been bridesmaids or groomsmen for different groups. This time around, because we occupy 70% of the landmass of the Republic of Kenya, we have decided as a group to support the initiative of President Uhuru Kenyatta, the handshake and the OKA group ”, a- he declared.
Keynan called on supporters of the movement to join the initiative, saying it would give them a place at the table where critical decisions are made.
Yatani, who also spoke at the briefing, said the ASAL region has enormous potential for resources but their voices as a region have not been heard in terms of coming together to participate in a movement. Politics.
“We have unanimously agreed that we will take ourselves seriously for the sake of our people, speak with one voice to ensure that we are not left behind in the ongoing political discussions,” said CS Yatani. .
Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo called the new outfit a big step forward for pastoral communities, saying the movement will unify the region.
“As leaders of the ASAL regions, we have decided to come together to unite our people in order to avoid being excluded from the political movements in progress and have agreed to have a movement that will bring us together”, a- she declared.
The leaders declared their support for both President Uhuru Kenyatta and his partner Raila Odinga.