Issa Abdallah Issa Timamy
Former Governor of Lamu County
In office
2013–2017
DeputyEric Mugo
Preceded byNone
Succeeded byH.E. Fahim Twaha
Personal details
Born (1958-09-12) 12 September 1958 (age 63)
Mkomani, Lamu
NationalityKenyan
Political partyAmani National Congress (ANC)
Alma materUniversity of Nairobi.
Websitewww.issatimamy.com
FIRST LAMU COUNTY GOVERNOR, H.E. ISSA TIMAMY
FIRST LAMU COUNTY GOVERNOR, H.E. ISSA TIMAMY

Issa Abdallah Issa Timamy (born 12 September 1958)[1] is a Kenyan politician. He was the Governor of Lamu County until he lost the seat in the 2017 general election following reports linking him to terrorism.[2] A lawyer by training, prior to his election, he served as the chairman of the National Museums of Kenya. He was elected as candidate for the United Democratic Forum (UDF).

Trained at the University of Nairobi as a lawyer, Timamy was born in 1959 in Lamu, where he also grew up. He went to Lamu and Sacred Heart primary schools before joining Allidina Visram High School in Mombasa. Timamy worked for many years as company secretary and director at Sameer Group of Companies in Nairobi. In 2005, he was appointed chairman of the board of directors of the National Museums of Kenya, from where he resigned in 2012 to venture into politics.[3]

He still runs his law firm Timamy and Company Advocates in Mombasa and specializes in commercial law. A father of five, Timamy is married to Dr Hajara El-Busaidy, daughter of prominent scholar Prof Abdulgafur El-Busaidy.[3]

In Kenya’s 2013 general election, Timamy vied in the gubernatorial elections, winning as Governor of Lamu County, alongside Deputy Governor Erick Kinyua Mugo. He was elected on a UDF party ticket.

Former 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.[4]

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.[5]

The former Governor 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.[6][7]

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. This of course proved to be wrong since Issa lost his seat in the 2017 general election.[8][9]

References

  1. ^ "About Issa Abdallah Issa Timamy". Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Issa Timamy: Isolated governor in a sea of ODM, TNA MCAs". Standard Digital. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b Beja, Patrick. "Issa Timamy: Isolated governor in a sea of ODM, TNA MCAs". Standard Digital News. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  4. ^ The Council of Governors (1 February 2016). "Governor Issa Timamy Unveils Hindi Orphanage Center in Lamu County". Council of Governors Website. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Foundation to build Lamu villagers modern houses". The Star, Kenya. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  6. ^ "Lamu hosts second Annual Food Festival". The Star, Kenya. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  7. ^ "Lamu Tourism Association".
  8. ^ "Aspirant dismisses research findings, questions its credibility". Hivisasa.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  9. ^ "Governor Timamy fighting for political space in Lamu". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2016-05-06.