Duale bid to retain his township seat get a major boost


Garissa Township MP Aden Duale has expressed optimism that he will retain his seat in the August polls after one of main challengers, Siyat Osman, stepped down in his favour.


Former Garissa mayor Siyat Osman who comes from the same clan with Duale was viewed as a major threat to Duale’s re-election bid.


Elders prevailed upon Siyat to step down in Duale’s favour during an annual meeting that brought together over 1,000 delegates from the Abduwak clan held at a Garissa hotel.


The meeting was attended by key political leaders, business community, elders, civil servants, professionals, youths, women and religious leaders among others.


Other agreements in the meeting included backing Ali Korane and Anab Gure as the sole aspirants for the governorship and women representative aspirants from the clan.


It was also agreed that the community will fully support the Jubilee Party and its leaders and that all the county leadership positions will be vied on the Jubilee Party. They also agreed to back Abdi Shurie for the Balambala parliamentary seat.


According to inside information, Siyat told the gathering that he was withdrawing his candidature and would support Duale.


Talking to KNA at his residence last evening Duale who is the national assembly majority leader urged area residents to back him due to his enormous development record.


Duale said Garissa town constituency needs a leader who would unite all the communities residing in the area noting that he has managed to do so in the last two terms.


The National Assembly majority leader will face former deputy speaker and now Wiper deputy leader Farah Maalim and Abdi Yarre of ANC.