North poised for political rebirth or is regional caucus same same old?

Ukur Yatani

National Treasury and Planning Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani flanked by Northern Kenya Leaders’ Forum at the Serena Hotel, on September 2, 2021. 

Photo credit: Jeff Angote | Nation Media Group 

What you need to know:

  • In every ethnic group in the country are deep-seated political interests, which at every election drive party fidelity.
  • Recently, more than 40 leaders from the ASALs unveiled a grassroots political movement to galvanise the region behind the Handshake partners

As the countdown to the 2022 elections nears, there has been upsurge of political realignments as leaders jostle for coalitions. The recent scramble for the northern Kenya vote has elicited much political activity in Marsabit, Isiolo and Mandera counties, with leaders from the region calling for the backing of the new Upya caucus led by National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani, Education CAS Hassan Noor Hassan and Jubilee Parliamentary Group secretary Adan Keynan, all pro-‘Handshake’. 

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