Raila has no moral authority to direct my resignation - Duale
29 February 2016, 09:48
Nairobi - National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale has sharply reacted to calls by opposition Chief, Raila Odinga that he should resign over the KES 791 National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.
The CORD leader on Saturday said Duale, Senate Deputy Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich must step aside after former Devolution CS Anne Waiguru mentioned them as beneficiaries of the scam.
Speaking to News24 Sunday, the Garrisa Township MP dismissed the demands by the leader of the official opposition coalition, noting that Raila has no moral authority to direct that he resigns.
"Raila Odinga cannot lecture any leader on corruption. His history is replete with dubious corruption allegations and he has shown a heavy inclination to align himself with some of the most corrupt people in the country," said Duale.
"The mention of my name by Anne Waiguru is not enough to warrant my resignation. What aspect of corruption was I involved in? What benefit did I get?" he posed.
Waiguru in her explosive affidavit claimed that the House Majority leader had attempted to intimidate former NYS Deputy Director General Aden Harakhe, warning him that he should be careful lest he is used and dumped by the other side of the coalition.
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But Duale maintained that even if the contents of the Waiguru affidavit are true, he did not do anything wrong to remind Halakhe to diligently discharge his duties as he is a public officer serving in the Jubilee government.
"If you are an individual entrusted with public resources like Harakhe was, you cannot dare steal. One of the functions of the Leader of Majority is to oversight the resources of our country. If indeed I reminded the NYS boss to be careful as purported, was that anything wrong?" he asked.
He accused the ODM party leader of hypocrisy, noting that he defends leaders aligned to his coalition linked to graft and is quick to demand for resignation of leaders from Jubilee coalition who are mentioned in corruption allegations.
Duale pointed out the recent British American Tobacco (BAT) bribery allegations against Cord Principal Moses Wetang'ula and Martha Karua whom Raila defended publicly.
He also questioned the spirited defense the former Prime Minister put up for his close ally the Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, when contraband goods were recently found at depots linked to him and his family.
"When the Nairobi Governor was alleged to have given a Supreme Court judge a KES 200 million bribe, Raila Odinga's response was that the Governor should not be judged. His barometer on such matters is thus faulty because it only tilts against others, and never against his own," said Duale.
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