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Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 16:37 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Ukambani leaders continue to condemn National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale’s warnings against members of the Kamba community residing in Garissa. Last week, Duale told an audience that he would deal with the Kamba people residing in Garissa, and he brandished the prospect of having them evicted from the region ahead of the general elections. The group is widely seen as supportive of Wiper Democratic Movement party, whose candidate is the main opponent of Mr Duale's in the upcoming election.
Speaking at separate occasions this weekend, the leaders have demanded immediate arrest and prosecution of the Garissa Township MP, who they accused of "incitment and war-mongering". The leaders who include Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU) party leader Wavinya Ndeti, senators David Musila (Kitui), Johnston Muthama (Machakos) and MPs Kyengo Maweu (Kangundo), Stephen Mule (Matungulu), aspirants Dr Charles Kilonzo (Matungulu) and youth leaders, said Mr Duale’s utterances go against the spirit of national cohesion and integration.
Ms Ndeti, who spoke at Sengani village in Matungulu when she visited the home of the late Paramount Chief Savano Maveke who passed on last week, termed Mr Duale’s words as grossly irresponsible and recipe for ethnic violence. “Such utterances coming from someone like Duale is an indication of the extent to which the leadership of this country has lacked moral authority to unite the people of Kenya, and we’re condemning such in totality” said the former Kathiani MP after condoling with the family. Matungulu parliamentary aspirant Charles Kilonzo, who accompanied Ms Ndeti, demanded that "firm legal action be taken against Mr Duale".
Speaking at AIC Tala during an occasion to flag off Equity Bank's 'Wings to Fly' scholarships, MPs Mule and Maweu called on the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett and the cabinet secretary for Interior Joseph Nkaissery to act on Mr Duale’s war mongering. “We want to tell Duale and those who think like him that Kenya belong to all of us. Every Kenyan has the right to live anywhere in the country irrespective of their perceived political inclination,” said the Kangundo MP.
Mr Mule said, “We want the top security officials in the country including the Inspector General and the cabinet secretary to swiftly investigate Mr Duale and immediately charge him with political incitement.”
At the same time, ODM national youth chairman Martin Muthusi criticized Mr Duale’s remarks terming them cowardly and “politically foolish.” “Mr Duale is a political loser in waiting who has sensed defeat and he seems to have turned to intimidating his perceived opponents by all means possible in a bid to survive,” he said.
And speaking at a burial ceremony in Kitui County, Senators Muthama and Musila condemned the majority leader's remarks saying he (Duale) must have been sent by his “bosses” to issue threats against Kamba community residing in Garissa.
This Sunday morning, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has said CORD will take this case to ICC as Mr Duale has gone against international laws of cohesion and integration.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.