The year 2018 is coming to an end and Kenyans are gearing up to welcome the new Year 2019.
2018 witnessed major political activities that shaped the country.
Top politicians across the divide and the region made significant political contributions in various ways.
As the country gears towards the new year, here are four politicians from Garissa county to watch in 2019.
1. Yusuf Haji
The Garissa Senator is among politicians to watch out in 2019.
Haji co-chairs the Building Bridges Committee that was formed after the famous March 9 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
He co-chairs the committee with Busia Senator Amos Wako.
The committee is currently collecting views from Kenyans on various issues among them the country's governance structure.
The committee is expected to give its report in May 2019.
2. Aden Duale
The Garissa Township MP is among politicians to watch in 2022.
As the leader of Majority in the National Assembly, Duale is the voice of the Jubilee government and is expected to spearhead enactment of key laws in Parliament in 2019.
Duale is expected to re-introduce the two-thirds gender Bill for voting in Parliament in 2019.
The Bill has several times flopped in Parliament.
3. Ali Korane
The Garissa Governor is among politicians to watch in 2019.
The Jubilee governor is battling a petition that is seeking his removal on grounds of allegedly faking a Master's Degree from the University of Nairobi (UoN) for clearance by IEBC in the 2017 general election.
A case challenging Korane's academic papers is currently in court.
The case will be coming up for hearing in 2019 and its outcome could affect the governor's tenure.
Governor Korane is also still on the spotlight over the attempted murder of former Garissa Finance Executive Idriss Mukhtar.
In September, the Jubilee governor was quizzed over the attempted murder.
Korane, however, denied involvement in Idriss attempted murder.
An investigation into the attempted murder is still going on.
4. Fatuma Gedi
The Wajir Women Representative made headlines in 2018.
She is among politicians to watch out in 2019.
Gedi is allegedly accused of facilitating bribing of some MPs to reject the report on contraband sugar.
The MP was quizzed by the National Assembly Power and Privileges Committee over the allegations.
Gedi, however, denied claims of bribing MPs, noting that she only lobbied lawmakers to reject the sugar report.
The MP claims that some people are out to taint her name and career.
The bribery allegations are being probed by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
A report on the same is expected in 2019 and could have an effect on those mentioned.
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