Issa Timamy Biography
Issa Timamy was born on 12th September, 1959. He is a Kenyan politician and the governor for Lamu county.He is a member of United Democratic Forum(UDF) and a coalition member of Amani National Coalition. His deputy governor is Erick Kinyua Mugo.
A research that was done by the Department of Humanity, University of Nairobi on accountability and transparency in devolved units, ranked the Governor among the Top FIVE Governors in the Country that are likely to be re-elected because of his development record.
Issa Timamy Education Background
He is a Certified Public Secretary (CPS) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.
1983- 1884: Student at the Kenya School of Law
1979- 1983: Undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi,Bachellor of Laws LLB (Hons)
1977-1978: Secondary school student at Allidina Visram High School, Mombasa
1973- 1976: Secondary school student at Sacred Heart High School, Mombasa
1970-1972: Primary school student at Sacred Heart Primary School, Mombasa
1966- 1969: Primary school student at Lamu Primary School.
Issa Timamy Political Positions
2013: Governor for Lamu county
2012: Coalition member of Amani National Coalition
2012: Member of United Democratic Forum
Issa Timamy Job History
March 2006- 2012: Director of Sameer Africa Limited
2006- 2012: Company Secretary for Eveready East Africa Limited in 2006
2005- 2012: Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Museums of Kenya
1999- 2012: Director of First Assurance Company Limited
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1989- March 2006: Company Secretary of Sameer Africa Limited Formerly Known as Firestone East Africa (1969) Limited
1996- 2012: Director of Sasini Limited
1996- To date: Proprietor of Timamy & Company Advocates, Mombasa,
1989- 1995: Group Company Secretary for Sameer Investments Limited
1984-1988: Legal Assistant at Kaplan & Stratton Advocates
15th October, 1984: Admitted as an Advocate of The High Court of Kenya
Issa Timamy achievements as a Governor
Governor Issa Timamy unveiled a Hindi Orphanage Center built at cost of Sh17 million. The Governor thanked Al Furqan Charitable Society in Turkey for the Center. The Center will admit more than 200 orphans and other children from destitute families within the county.
Al-Kheir foundation, an invited friend and partner of the Governor, is a humanitarian organization based in the UK. The foundation is building two-bedroom houses for villagers in Bahamisi village, Pate Island in Lamu County. Al-Khair Foundation Africa will start the Sh30 million project in Bahamisi village and extend it to more villages. The residents live in poor conditions with no water, health services, education or food. They have no beds and their houses are leaking. The Founder and president of the foundation, Imam Qasim Ahmad, said they will build 28 modern houses and furnish them. Ahmad said they will also set up a mosque, a health centre, and an early childhood education centre. The project was launched in the presence of the Governor.
Issa Timamy has also branded Lamu as an Island of festivals, as a move to revive the tourism industry and since then, there has been an increase of visitors through airport arrivals.
Issa Timamy Family
Issa Timamy is married to Dr Hajara El-Busaidy, daughter of prominent scholar Prof Abdulgafur El-Busaidy. They have of five children.
Issa Timamy over Mpketoni Killings
Issa Timamy was arrested on June 25, 2014 on suspicion of mass murder , possible transfer of persons and terrorism following the killings of over 260 people in Mpeketoni, Lamu county. On September 10, 2014 the High Court in Mombasa terminated the case after police failed to find evidence that would link Issa Timamy with the killings of over 260 people in Lamu County.
Issa Timamy defended himself saying that he wouldnt order the killing of his own people and the claims were all local politics.
Issa Timamy on 34.9 M for tea and mandazi
Issa Timamy was once accused of setting aside 34.9M for tea and mandazi. He rubbished the claims and said the monies were set aside for hospitality supplies and services in the various departments of the county. He gave a breakdown of how the funds will be spent at a press conference in his office. From the briefing, it emerged that the cash will be used for catering services (reception), accommodation, gifts, food and drinks. He said that there was nowhere in the hospitality analysis that shows the funds were meant to buy tea and mandazi.
Issa Timamy accused his rivals of always spreading propaganda aimed at creating a bad picture about him and his administration.
Swazuri, Issa Timamy clash over Sh200bn coal plant land pay
Another row is brewing between the National Land Commission and the Lamu government over compensation for Kwasasi land earmarked for a coal-fired power plant.
The $2 billion (Sh200 billion) plant to be built by the Amu Power Company consortium will generate 1,050MW. It will be built by a Chinese company bringing 1,400 workers..
About 975 acres are identified for the controversial project opposed by environmentalists and many residents.
Early last week, National Land Commission chairman Muhammad Swazuri released a list of 675 landowners, who are to be compensated.
The commission will pay each landowner Sh800,000 per acre.
But on Tuesday, Lamu Governor Issa Timamy said most landowners say Sh800,000 is not enough.
Issa Timamy said he stands with his people, who want more money, until then the land remains with the owners. “The same landowners NLC claims are satisfied with Sh800,000 per acre are flocking to my office, asking me to intervene and raise the amount. They feel it’s too little, I agree,” Timamy said.
Issa Timamy accused Swazuri of trying to “play smart” with the county leaders and failing to consult or involve them.
Contacted for comment, Swazuri said the commission has done its due diligence. He said every law and regulation has been followed in formulatingthe compensation.
He accused Issa Timamy of frustrating commission efforts to resolve land issues.
“The governor is a committee member of the board concerned with the coal project. We met in Nairobi with him and other officials and agreed a physical planner would help establish the worth of the land,” Swazuri said. “I don’t understand why he complains and frustrates everything the commission does in Lamu.”
Source: The Star