Former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim has issued rebarbative claims, linking National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale to an orchestrated plan to fuel ethnic violence in Garissa.
Duale, who is also Garissa Township MP, was on the spot on Thursday after an audio clip leaked, where he is heard telling unknown people to arm themselves and evict people from the Kamba community from the constituency.
Addressing the media on Friday, Maalim said that Aden Duale is secretly recruiting youth in Garissa Township to evict people from Kamba community from Garissa Township and intimidate his opponents.
“Duale is recruiting jobless youth in Garissa to cause mayhem against supporters of his opponents including me,” said Farah Maalim.
Maalim recently decamped from Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to Wiper party – perceived to be a Kamba dominated party – to gain from the populous Kamba voters living in Garissa.
The former Lagdera MP is seeking to challenge Aden Duale of Jubilee for the seat in the 2017 General Election.
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), through its chair Francis Ole Kaparo, has stated that it has opened investigations into the utterances.
Both Duale and Maalim have recorded statements with the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) over the reported utterances.
Duale is not new to controversy. In April 2014, he was on the receiving end for telling Al Shabaab terror group to stop carrying out attacks in Eastleigh and instead take the attacks in Machakos.
Speaking in vernacular after a terror attack on two restaurants in Eastleigh that led to the death of six people, Mr Duale said: “We Somalis of Kenya have invested in Eastleigh…”
“..Those who are detonating explosives in Eastleigh should do it elsewhere. Had the one who is detonating explosives here done that in Machakos, do you think the people of Eastleigh would have been harassed?”
His speech came after police launched a crackdown in Eastleigh to arrest those responsible for the attacks in estate and other parts of Nairobi.
No action was taken against the Jubilee MP.
Aden Duale’s recent utterances come barely a month after he was widely criticised for plotting the removal of Justice George Odunga.
Duale has previously been warned by other Jubilee MPs to watch his mouth.