By NJ Correspondent:
Members of the Kamba community in Garissa County now want Garissa Township MP and Majority leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale to retract the incitement remarks he allegedly made against the community in an audio clip that is making rounds on social media.
Led by the Chairman of the local Kamba Community Mr. Mutisya Mwala, Pastor Joseph Mwema and Nominated member of Garissa county assembly Queen Teresia, the community members who addressed the press in Garissa on Friday expressed fears the clip may be a recipe for bloodshed if goes unchecked.
“We lived peacefully with our local brethren for all those years. Garissa was peaceful at the height of the 2007 election violence, we should therefore not incite the peace loving people of this county against each other” said Pastor Mwema.
He said the community knows Duale as a development oriented leader and even voted for him in the last elections.
Mwema asked Duale to clear his name over the alleged incitement remarks.
Nominated MCA Queen Teresia asked local leaders to seek votes peacefully since Garissa residents vote for their individuals of choice rather than parties.
“It is unfortunate to link certain communities to certain political parties, we vote for whom we want and not parties. Duale should therefore seek our votes peacefully rather resorting to unorthodox means” she said.
Teresia urged the Majority leader to tell the same group of youth he was allegedly addressing in the clip that he did not mean to incite them against any community. She also wants him to seek audience with the Kamba community to apologize and clear his name.
On Friday, Garissa Township aspiring MPs Farah Maalim and Captain Abdiyare visited the Department of Criminal Investigation headquarters in Nairobi over the matter and called on the government to arrest Duale for incitement.
Duale who also visited the DCI in the evening denied he was the one featured in the audio clip dismissing it as a concocted propaganda by his detractors.
In the clip, Duale allegedly told a section of Garissa youth to lock out the Kamba community in the upcoming voter registration.
His competitor Farah Maalim recently decamped to the Wiper party in a move analysts see as targeting the Kamba vote in Garissa.
The community has a formidable presence in the county.
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