June 28th 2017

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In bid to diffuse Duale warnings, Kalonzo plans Garissa rally

Mr Musyoka is expected to campaign for former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Farah Maalim, who recently joined his party from ODM as part of the CORD coalition's reorganisation of its political forces in North Eastern region.

By Phillip MuleeTuesday, 10 Jan 2017 11:54 EAT

Mr Musyoka addressing a Wiper party rally in Kajiado last year. (Photo: Oscar Ndunda/Kenya Free Press).

CORD principal and Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka is headed to Garissa Town this weekend in a rally many see as planned to counter House Majority Leader Aden Duale’s threat to have members of the Kamba community flushed out of the area. Mr Musyoka is expected to campaign for former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Farah Maalim, who recently joined his party from ODM as part of the CORD coalition's reorganisation of its political forces in North Eastern region.

Mr Musyoka is scheduled to hold a public rally in Garissa Town constituency on Saturday, according to a media dispatch by Dr Jared Maaka Siso, the party’s executive director. “Our Party leader H.E Kalonzo Musyoka will hold a public rally in Garissa Town this Saturday 14/01/2017. Details of the day’s program will be made available soon”, the brief dispatch said. Despite the spat by Mr Duale, the Wiper party is the most popular force in Garissa, boasting of both Governor Nathif Jama, Women representative Shukran Gure and most MCAs in the county assembly.

Mr Musyoka is said to have asked Mr Maalim to seek clearance from his party after agreeing on a deal with ODM leader Raila Odinga in move aimed at consolidating CORD basket in the county. The deal by CORD principals is a major test on Mr Duale as he faces his toughest political battle to recapture his seat in the August 8 polls.

The former Vice President’s visit to the region comes against the background of Duale’s warning to the Kamba community against supporting his opponent in the Garissa Town parliamentary elections. In an audio clip that has gone viral on social media, the Jubilee honcho, speaking in Swahili, is heard urging the audience not to allow members of the Kamba community to register as voters in the area. He goes ahead to indicate a stable security mechanism that would be laid down to protect the perpetrators of his plan.

Mr Duale has vehemently denied the accusations, and as calls for his prosecution have continued, the silence of the Jubilee Party to which he belongs has been noticed by social media activists. In a television programme Monday morning, his parliamentary colleague Alice Wahome said the police should investigate the authenticity of the recording, the same direction the police seem to be taking in their investigations.

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