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Duale blasts Igathe for ‘profiling Somali community’

Sunday June 26, 2022

Garissa Township lawmaker Aden Duale hit out at Nairobi gubernatorial candidate Polycarp Igathe over alleged profiling of the Somali community for political expediency.

Duale was reacting to recent remarks made by Igathe during a meeting with members of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance to the effect that, and I quote; “45 Kikuyu MCAs in Nairobi are controlled by three Somalis” and attributed this as the reason why the ward reps have failed to make their numbers count in the day to day running of the affairs of the city.

These sentiments have not been received well by Duale. Speaking at his residence when he hosted a section of Matatu operators, the former Majority leader in the National Assembly claimed Igathe portrayed himself as a tribal leader and therefore not fit to lead the people of Nairobi which is a home of 44 ethnic communities of Kenya.

“The tribal bigotry shamelessly peddled in the sophisticated business arena is unfortunate and crass. It is more appalling coming from someone purporting to be learned and captain of industry. Profiling communities for cheap political expediency is the height of desperation. Nairobians are discerning and will totally reject such a poor project,” said Duale.

He added: “The City County of Nairobi belongs to all Kenyans . It’s not a preserve of the few. Nairobians deserve a visionary leader who will restore its former glory not a tribal bigot and merchant of division,”

Duale claimed that the Azimio la Umoja flag bearer had resorted resorted to “tribal politics” after his “outrageous publicity stunts flopped,”

He now wants the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to investigate the remarks even as he promised to spearhead a campaign against Igathe in the city.

“Such profiling of communities especially during this time of electioneering period can easily plunge the country into chaos.” He charged


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