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Saturday, 14 Jan 2017 20:17 EAT
The appearance of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho in Garissa town with Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka and other CORD leaders today caused storm just hours after he was released from police custody. The governor ignited the mammoth rally into cheers when he declared that "no amount of intimidation" would make him abandon his "political beliefs and support for the opposition".
The ODM deputy party leader is under the radar of Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa, a reliable enforcer of the Jubilee administration who has vowed to "tame" the governor who challenged President Kenyatta to his face two weeks ago about the alleged failure by the Jubilee administration to spearhead development projects in the region. "Jubilee does not scare me," he said, and tore into deputy president William Ruto whom he accused of belittling the opposition while he was implicated in corruption scandals.
Speaker after speaker in Garissa drew their guns against Leader of Majority in Parliament Aden Duale, who has been implicated in hate speech through the leakage of an audio clip in which he is heard threatening to flush out members of the Kamba community from the town and ensure they won’t vote for Wiper candidate and his rival, former Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim.
Mr Musyoka reiterated that he would write to the International Criminal Court about the incitement remarks against Kambas allegedly issued by Mr Duale. The Wiper leader first said this on January 9, after the emergence of an audio clip of youths in Garissa being told to attack Kambas and keep them away from voting. Mr Duale has denied that he was the one giving the instructions, but the Wiper party leader said that if police do not take action against him, CORD will notify the ICC about the remarks, which he says if actualised will lead to genocide, forcible eviction or war crimes.
He said a Kenyan who engages in misdeeds does not necessarily have to be taken to The Hague, noting that constitution has domesticated international law, making it possible for a case to be handled locally, especially after Cord "takes over" after the August 8 general election. "Any citizen has the freedom, under the supreme law, to live and work anywhere in Kenya and not be discriminated against on tribal basis," he said.
The leaders spoke during the homecoming ceremony for Mr Maalim, who was recently named the Wiper party's deputy leader. Mr Musyoka took the opportunity to open the party's office and visited Garissa University Memorial Park where he planted a tree. Al Shabaab militants attacked the university on April 2, 2015, killing 147 people, mostly students.Maalim, who has joined Wiper party as its deputy leader, echoed the Cord co-principal's sentiment that Duale has fanned ethnic hatred.
Others who spoke included Wiper chairman David Musila and Kitui Governor Julius Malombe who said the majority leader has targeted Kamba voters after sensing Jubilee will be defeated in the poll. Others who attended the rally were Mombasa woman representative Mishi Mboko and MPs Makali Mulu (Kitui Central), Marcus Muluvi (Kitui East), and Rashid Bedzimba (Kisauni, ODM), and Kiminini's Chris Wamalwa who represented Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang'ula.