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Duale, Ruto hang dirty linen in public

15 September 2014, 17:29 William Korir

Nairobi - Two senior figures arguing in public is never good news, especially over a matter as delicate as the referendum.

Common sense as they say must prevail but at times, common sense is not too common.

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and majority leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale took their gloves off Monday in Narok where they took each other on in a show of political supremacy.

Duale had accused Ruto of misuse of public funds in-front of the watching public and diplomats, saying he had plundered KES 184 million belonging to public coffers.

Read also: Munya stands ground on referendum

He also went on to attack Ruto's integrity, saying he has no right to talk about a referendum when he is known to be corrupt.

" He must first explain to us where the money has disappeared to before he talks about a referendum, Duale said in-front of a surprised Deputy President William Ruto and diplomats.

An angry Ruto on his part, did not hesitate to attack Duale but was stopped by Narok Governor Samuel Tunai whilst heading to the dais to the disbelief of the public.

Read also: Referendum campaigns banned in Nakuru

After the ceremony though, Ruto did not take time to attack Duale.

" That is the kind of talk that divides the country and causes problems and should not be allowed, he said. It was unruly of honourable Duale, he added.

DP Ruto on his part apologized to the diplomats and members of the public for the row. He is a known opponent of the referendum.

Political analyst Michael Njenga believes that such scenario's will be in plenty as referendum talk persists.

" It is a high stakes race to see whether the referendum will go through so expect more of the same in the coming weeks, he said.

Bomet Governor Ruto is fully behind the referendum plea as chairman of the Council of Governors.

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