Temperatures rise in Garissa as Maalim eyes Duale seat
07 January 2016, 20:08
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has hatched a plan to oust Majority Leader Aden Duale from his Garissa Township seat. Will it work?
Duale is Raila's number one enemy and for Duale it is the same. The two leaders are said to not be in any mood to speak or form of relationship despite Duale formerly being in Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement ODM.
The reality is that Duale is the Jubilee Coalition's biggest and most effective mouthpiece and CORD have identified that if they can rid of him, they will be in a good position come the 2017 General Elections.
Cue Farah Maalim.
The former Deputy Speaker in the National Assembly has been nominated to run for Duale's Garissa Township seat come the next polls, a decision that is said to have raised political temperatures in the region.
Duale has established himself as the region's political top dog but Maalim, who has been out of the Political scene is also a strong presence and is highly respected figure.
The decision has brought serious fears that Duale could be in trouble.
" Former Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim Mohammed left Nairobi early today for Garissa where he will declare his interest in Garissa Township Parliamentary seat currently held by Aden Duale following lengthy brainstorming with, among others, Suna East MP Junet Mohammed that ran into the dawn of New Year. Farah agreed to forgo Senate and Governor seat for Garissa and represent Garissa Township in the National Assembly. We are looking at an end of an era and beginning of another," CORD said in a statement.
Suna East MP Junet Mohammed is confident that CORD will out Duale come 2017.
" We have a strong candidate who we are sure will come top come 2017," he told News24.
Duale's team though, feels that the move is a desperate one.
" CORD is desperate and we will show them come 2017 that Duale is on a different level," an aide of the MPs told News24.
Duale is a key cog in the Jubilee government and coalition and there will be alot of interest as and when the race for the seat is officially announced.
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