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Duale will continue fight for 'Somali rights'

07 April 2014, 13:30 William Korir

Nairobi - Majority leader in the national assembly Aden Duale will continue to fight for the rights of the Somali community in Kenya, despite opposition from the government.

Duale last week said he would not mind breaking ranks with the Jubilee government over the continuing crackdown aimed at members of the Somali community in both Nairobi and Mombasa.

He insisted that he would not take the matter lightly and that he is going to do his utmost to protect his people from the ongoing crackdown by the police.

" I am where I am because I represent my people and I will not watch as they are harassed, he said.

" The government must do things in the right way. We are fighting terrorism but the efforts should be channeled in the right manner and not be discriminative, he added.

The remarks were made Sunday in Nairobi as a group of muslim leaders also threw their weight behind Duale over the matter.

Former member of parliament Billow Kerrow also asked the government to back off the Somali community over the matter.

" The government is discriminating against the Somali community. Why is it just targeting Eastleigh and Mombasa?, he asked.

The government has however vowed to continue with the incursions, saying that they have sufficient evidence to prove that there are terror cells in the aforementioned places.

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