Tana River has produced one of the youngest deputy governors in the just concluded general elections.
25-year-old Jire Siyat Mohamed, who was picked by governor elect Hussein Dhadho, will be among those who take a place of prominence in the devolved governments that are set to begin operations this month.
Siyat comes from Wadesa Village as part of the minority Wardei community and commands the support of youth who look to him as one who understands their plight.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Nairobi and gained the locals trust while working as logistics officer with the Kenya Red Cross.
During his maiden speech after the IEBC declared Dhadho Tana River’s governor-elect, Siyat with this win, youth in the region had emerged as the biggest winners since they now have “their own agent in Tanariver county”.
He said the days when youth were misused by leaders to engage in violence are a thing of the past saying his first priority will be to improve the education standards so that more young people become enlightened.
â€œMost of the youth have not pursued higher education because of the high poverty levels. During my tenure I will set up a committee to enlighten residents on the importance of education,” he said.
Siyat identified culture as a big hindrance to the development of education among locals particularly the girl child who is still being denied access to quality education.
He said all elected leaders have agreed to sensitise elders on the need to let go of some ancient beliefs and practices that hinder education and make illiteracy continue to thrive in the region.-Star