Brace for bit­ter de­feat, Duale tells his ri­vals

Says res­i­dents are wise and know who is best, calls as­pi­rant Farah a vil­lage politi­cian

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

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.

/STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Garissa Town­ship MP Aden Duale (Cen­tre, with cap) joins tra­di­tional dancers in a jig dur­ing a pub­lic baraza in Garissa Ndogo

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