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𝐀𝐧 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐋𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐈𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐨 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐆𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐨𝐫

Dear Governor,

I have decided to pen down this letter to you sir and my hope is that this finds you well and in good health. My name is Isiolo, I am home to the sons and daughters of all, and I take pride in the fact that you are also a son of this great land. Mr. Governor this land is and will forever remain even beyond your leadership and my hope is that you know too well that these people voted for you because they had thoughts that you will transform their lives and for once you will change your history of poor leadership and work to recreate your legacy.

The cries of poor mothers fetching water because you failed to dig boreholes are now louder than ever and the struggles of the youths who you have failed to empower are now beyond reproach. I have seen the challenges they have endured from the day you were voted into office, and I saw the anticipations they had but then I witnessed how their daylight was diminished as nothing worthwhile came from your office.

On the day of your inauguration you said, “For any government, at any level, to create conditions for sustained progress towards prosperity for all, requires three pre-conditions: The Rule of Law; a culture of accountability, (in which all members of society take their responsibilities seriously), and a capable government that undertakes its duties efficiently, honestly, and cost-effectively. These are the three things that will form the foundation of my administration.” As you spoke, I was positive that maybe you are now ready to deliver, but then I remembered that the monkey is just the same only in a different forest. You trampled on the same law you swore to protect, accountability was nowhere near your agenda and your leadership became pain to the people who passionately supported you.

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“To the majestic people of Isiolo this is your government. It will be an all-inclusive government – the government for all. Your dreams, your hopes, your goals are going to be the dreams, the hopes, and the goals of my administration”, you said back then. The hopes we had was to see devolution working, for services to be delivered to the interior parts of this County, for a strong regime that will empower the youths and support women and the old. But, three years down the line and nothing is moving as money is swindled and eaten by a few who enjoy your support. Your cronies have turned the County into a milking cow and they are enriching themselves with public funds, if they won’t be answerable here then one day, they will have to respond to that.

Dear Governor this is what you had to say when you made a promise about your plan to develop Isiolo and set us up for prosperity. “As I move on to my development agenda, I want to make it clear from the onset that our overriding goal as stated in my manifesto is the economic inclusion of all. The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift. And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We have great plans. We will build health facilities, water infrastructure, livestock markets, irrigation schemes, Early childhood centers, polytechnics industrial parks and roads that feed our commerce and bind us together. We shall wield technology’s wonders to raise our service delivery standards and lower the cost of government. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our development plans. All this we can do. All this we will do”.

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Remembering your words on the day am still unsure as who we elected on the day and who is running this corrupt, fraudulent and lack of development regime. Were you the same person that roared on your inauguration or you were wearing a different cloth and simply took it off after you assumed office? It’s a shame what we are witnessing but the truth is that you have always been the same and nothing special in what is happening currently.

There is nothing special in your over 18 years in power, a failure from the onset who has nothing to show for the years. Only one legacy, disunity and Isiolo people will have to suffer for the next few years, and if they won’t learn and make the right choice at the ballot their pain and struggles will continue.

Yours Sincerely,

Struggling Isiolo Residents.

{This is unedited script from an anonymous resident}

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