Why Duale snubbed BBI rally in his own constituency

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 18:15 | By
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale at a past event. PHOTO | FILE
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale at a past event. PHOTO | FILE

Garissa Township Member of Parliament (MP) and National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale skipped the Building Bridges Initiative(BBI) rally that was held in his constituency on Sunday.

The MP is allied to the Tanga Tanga faction of the Jubilee Party that rallies behind the Deputy President William Ruto.

On Saturday, Duale wrote on his Facebook page that he would only attend BBI rallies where the President and his deputy would be present.

At Garissa town, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader, Raila Odinga presided over the rally.

The ODM leader promised the locals that the government would redeploy teachers in the region.

"I spoke to Uhuru Kenyatta and I will speak to him again. From next week, teachers are coming back here," said Raila at the rally.

Other local leaders led by Garissa County Senator Yusuf Haji and his Governor Ali Korane were present. Haji is the chairperson of the BBI task force.

Chaos marred the Garissa rally when supporters of Governor Ali Korane and his predecessor Nadhif Jama clashed.

DP Allies

On Saturday, allies of DP Ruto skipped the BBI rally in Narok.

Instead, the politicians took to social media to disparage the BBI report alleging it is being used to sow discord and hate in the country.

Before the Narok rally, the area Deputy Governor Evalyn Aruasa and Emorua Dikir MP Johana Nge'no on Friday walked out of a consultative meeting for the rally.

The disgruntled politicians said that the Narok rally was themed on ethnic profiling.

“I sympathize with problems affecting Kenyans in the three counties but I don’t believe the solutions lie in hating others. I believe in peace, love, and unity,” Murkomen said in a post on twitter.

“So Junet Mohamed, a Somali in Migori voted in by Luos went all the way to Narok to tell the Maasai not to elect non-Maa in Narok, Kajiado and Samburu counties, and Baba was cheering? he asked.

His views were shared by his Majority Whip Susan Kihika, who claimed the BBI report is quickly gaining momentum in balkanizing the country and whipping up terrible tribal emotions.

“Brothers and sisters, the BBI is sham and bad for Kenya! BBI is the greatest political con job of our time. It’s a scam,” Kihika, who is also the Nakuru Senator also posted on twitter.

Kikuyu legislator Kimani Ichung’wa said the politics of ethnic balkanization and BBI will not unite Kenyans by spreading hatred and divisions along ethnic lines for politics's sake.

Additional reporting by Hillary Mageka

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