The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

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.

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