A former Garissa County Assembly minority leader Mohamed Sheikh Ali has attributed his reelection to the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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Speaking on Friday in Garissa after being sworn-in, the Abakaile MCA who supports the pact said it is because of the unity and peace that the handshake has achieved that made him get re-elected last month.

The MCA who was vying in an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket managed to get 1,953 votes against Abdiwahab Sheikh of Jubilee Party who garnered 1,812 votes.

The Abakaile seat fell vacant following a ruling by the Court of Appeal that nullified the election of Ali on grounds that he was not validly elected.

Assembly’s majority leader Mohamed Gabow of Jubilee echoed Ali’s sentiments.

Ali while speaking to his supporters outside the assembly said that he will now focus on improving the lives of the residents and he will embark on delivering on his promises.

“I will ensure that our government provides decent healthcare, schools and clean and adequate water for all.  This is what my leadership endeavours,” he said as quoted by KNA.