By NJ Correspondent.
Dadaab Member of Parliament Dr. Dahiye Duale has defected from opposition party ODM and Joined President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee party on Thursday.
The speaker of Garissa County Assembly Mohamed Abbey and three MCAs from the County also joined the ruling party announcing their move at State House, Nairobi where President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted a section of Awliyan community leaders and elders.
Led by Lagdera MP Mohamed Shidiye, the only MP elected from North Eastern Kenya on President Kenyatta’s defunct TNA party, the leaders were received by the head of State who rewarded them with a bag of goodies.
President Kenyatta said it has been his goal to unite all the communities in Kenya and the coming to Jubilee of the Awliyan community of Garissa County was part of the agenda.
Uhuru said his administration has invested heavily in Garissa citing the construction of the Garissa-Modangashe Road among other developments.
The President ordered the release of 16,000 IDs that have been withheld as the recipients are vetted. Uhuru also rewarded the defectors with the creation of two sub-counties in Garissa directing the Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, who was present, to start the process immediately.
Dadaab MP Dr. Dahiye explained that he left the opposition because he and his constituents were convinced that Jubilee was the better option.
“For the first time our people have been given IDs, documents they have sought and waited for decades,” said the MP.
Dahiye requested the president to consider construction of the Garissa-Daadab-Liboi and thanked the president for opening the Liboi border.
His Lagdera counterpart Mohamed Shidiye assured the president of Garissa County’s over 80,000 votes.
“Currently, we have 80,000 votes in Garissa County which we have resolved to give you,” he said.
Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed, IGAD Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim and former Permanent Secretary Engineer Abdulrazak Aden Ali were also present.
The move cements divisions within one of Garissa County’s dominant clans, which recently sought to consolidate its votes in the opposition party Wiper courtesy of Garissa governor Nathif Jama and former deputy speaker Farah Maalim who is also eyeing the Garissa Township parliamentary seat.
Maalim seeks to unseat Jubilee point man Aden Duale but today’s defection may be a set back to his bid.