MIXED REACTION FROM HIS CLAN
Some members of the Abduwak community – where Duale comes from – wanted him to run for the Balambala seat. Others want him to seek reelection for the Garissa Township seat. This has caused confusion. Early this month, 500 youths from the Abduwak clan endorsed his reelection as Garissa Township MP. They waved placards and marched around Garissa town as they expressed support for the MP. Youth Sudi Dakhane said, “Our simple message is that we are opposed to attempts to have Duale moved to Balambala constituency. We’ll also not accept another candidate to be imposed on us.” Lobby Garissa Minority Association also echoed the position. Former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim and former Garissa mayor Siyat Osman are among those who have declared their interest in the Garissa Township MP seat. Others are Abdi Yarre of ANC and Siyat Osman of Kanu, both from the Abuduwak clan. The clan is the largest vote bloc in Garissa county.