Former Fafi MP Major (Rtd) Aden Sugow has quit politics.
Sugow however said he would embark on a full time job of playing his role as an elder to create harmony and peaceful coexistence amongst communities in Garissa county and North Eastern region at large.
Speaking at a Garissa hotel today when he met members from his key support base in Fafi constituency who included elders, professionals, political and religious leaders, Sugow said ‘anything that has a beginning undoubtedly has an end’.
“I shall play my role as an elder to create harmony and peaceful coexistence amongst every one of us. As I go into retirement, I urge you all to be your brother’s keeper and to work hand in hand towards the betterment of our society,” Sugow said.
The former legislator first joined elective politics at the age of 35 in 1997 after seeking early retirement from the military where he had attained the rank of Major.
Sugow unsuccessfully contested for the then Dujis parliamentary seat against incumbent and long serving cabinet minister during the late President Daniel Arap Moi’s regime Hussein Maalim Mohamed.
In 2002, he shifted base to Fafi constituency where he served as an MP for 10 years. He was appointed an assistant minister for water and irrigation between 2005-2007 and in the same capacity but in the ministry of public service between 2008- 2013.
“I am thankful to the members of my key support base for giving me the opportunity to lead them for the last 25 years. I will forever be grateful for the honour. It is a big responsibility to shoulder the dreams and aspirations of so many people and I could not have pulled it off without your support, patience and sacrifice,” Sugow said.
“I equally extend my thanks to my constituents in Fafi for having shown immense faith in me over the years by electing me as their representative to the national assembly. You have my immense thank you and gratitude,” he added.
Sugow said he will forthwith endeavour to bring together all stakeholders in the family, political, religious, business leaders of not only his core community, ‘but that of all communities in the larger Fafi context, under one umbrella as we undertake our next adventure in the world of politics’.
Nominated MCA Khatra Iman said his guidance’s and opinions are still of paramount importance to those in the leadership spectrum at this time when we are heading to the general campaigns.
Garissa governor Ali Korane who recently said that Sugow will lead the campaign of Senate aspirant Abdikadir Mohamed (late senator Yussuf Haji’s son])said that he had contributed immensely to politic in Garissa and at National level.
“You have a legacy of being a straightforward leader who was determined to leave a positive mark in the lives of people you represented. You may have retired from active politics but we still need your services and contribution. Kindly be ready to offer them when called upon,” Korane said.
by Jacob Songok