Ac­cept el­ders’ list of lead­ers, says MP Duale

Since time im­memo­rial, el­ders have been en­dors­ing lead­ers, the leg­is­la­tor says

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

The Abud­wak clan has re­lied on el­ders’ en­dorse­ment of lead­ers since time im­memo­rial and op­po­nents should ac­cept their ver­dict, Garissa Town MP Aden Duale has said.

The Na­tional Assem­bly ma­jor­ity leader told the Star the nom­i­na­tions were above board, even as op­po­nents cried foul. “I am ap­peal­ing to my op­po­nents to ac­cept the ver­dict of the el­ders, which they un­der­stand and know is bind­ing,” Duale said.

He said the nom­i­nees, who will all run on Ju­bilee Party tick­ets, will win.

Balam­bala MP hope­ful Abdi Shurie thanked the el­ders for hav­ing faith in him. “I will soon be launch­ing my cam­paigns for the seat. I call for unity from all the sub­clans that form the larger Abud­wak clan,” he said.

But speak­ing sep­a­rately, Lamu county sec­re­tary Siyat Os­man and Abdi Yare, who want to run for Garissa Town MP, said Duale’s en­dorse­ment is “bi­ased and dis­crim­i­na­tory”.

Os­man said the en­dorse­ment was a hoax and “an ex­er­cise in fu­til­ity”. “I re­solve to mount a fierce cam­paign while cog­nisant of the fact that the will of the peo­ple will pre­vail,” he said.

Yare said the en­dorse­ments will di­vide the com­mu­nity. “It seems like our unity is dented; hope for jus­tice, fair­ness and equal op­por­tu­nity has been shat­tered. I was not part of the de­ci­sion and I re­main firmly in the race,” he said on his Face­book ac­count.

On Wed­nes­day, Balam­bala MP Ab­dikadir Aden said the pro­posed lineup is in­con­se­quen­tial, as it is a Ju­bilee line-up. “The same peo­ple call­ing them­selves clan el­ders op­posed me in 2013,” he said.


Garissa Town MP Aden Duale speaks at Bula Argi last month dur­ing the en­dorse­ment of Ali Ko­rane as the Abud­wak’s sole can­di­date for gov­er­nor

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