Banissa residents demand by-election 16 months after MP seat fell vacant

Residents of Banissa Constituency in Mandera county held a peaceful demonstration on Monday to protest the lack of representation in Parliament.

The constituency has been without an MP for 16 months, following the death of their MP, Kullow Maalim Hassan, in March of last year.

The residents are now urging the national government to address the issue of representation saying the constituency stands to miss out on development of the issue persists.

“This is more than enough. We want developments in our constituency and equal rights just like other Kenyans,” said Hassan Illow, a resident of Banissa.

Banissa MCA Issack Dhahir noted that Banissa’s hopes of enjoying national developments are fading and urged the government to establish the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for them to elect a new representative.

“Anyone blocking the rights of Banissa people to have representation in the National Assembly is an enemy to the people of Banissa and Mandera at large,” Dhahir stated.

The late Banissa MP Kullow Maalim Hassan died after a hit-and-run accident in Nairobi and three weeks later, the Speaker of the National Assembly notified the public regarding its vacancy.

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