Brace for bitter defeat, Duale tells his rivals
Says residents are wise and know who is best, calls aspirant Farah a village politician
Garissa Township MP Aden Duale on Saturday warned his rivals to prepare for resounding defeat.
He said he is confident of retaining his seat for a third time because he has the support of the majority of residents. Duale spoke in Garissa Ndogo, during a public Baraza.
In a thinly veiled attack on hopeful Farah Maalim, he said the former Lagdera MP is a village politician with nothing to offer town residents.
Maalim served as the deputy speaker of the previous Parliament. He lost to Yusuf Haji in the Senate race at the 2013 polls. He has declared his interest in the Garissa Township MP race.
“Those who have failed as members of Parliament during their days in rural constituencies, please come, but know you are digging your political grave. You will burn your fingers,” Duale said.
The National Assembly majority leader said Garissa Township, being cosmopolitan and the gateway to Northeastern, brings together people from different tribes and religions, hence requires a leader who ensures residents maintain peace.
“The people of Garissa are very wise. They will never, in their wildest of dreams,think of electing a person who will end up causing bloodshed,” Duale said.
The legislator was recently endorsed by elders from his Abduwak clan. He welcomed the endorsement, saying the elders, in their own wisdom, saw him as the best-suited among his competitors to represent the constituency in the next Parliament.
Duale dismissed rumours that he plans to shift his political base to Balambala constituency. He blamed it on his political detractors, whom he said want to cause confusion among his supporters.
He also took the chance to popularise the recently lauched Jubilee Party and urged the electorate to vote for the candidates who will contest on the party ticket at the 2017 general election.
Garissa Township MP Aden Duale (Centre, with cap) joins traditional dancers in a jig during a public baraza in Garissa Ndogo