Over 40 ruling Jubilee coalition MPs have rallied behind embattled Leader of Majority Party and Garissa MP Aden Duale after TNA MPs demanded he steps aside. They now say Duale is leading the war on terrorism from the front and should be allowed to continue.
The MPs have dismissed those using the deaths of 147 students to justify Duale removal as daydreaming, most of whom they accuse to be opposition sympathisers.
The MPs termed calls on Duale to step aside as misguided and ill-intended, claiming some people want to ‘associate Duale with terrorism’ to weaken President Uhuru’s grip on power and destabilize government. They also claimed the calls are meant to divide Kenyans.
Yesterday, TNA Party Chairman Johnson Sakaja led eight TNA MPs in denouncing Duale and demanded he steps aside. Legislator Kabando wa Kabando was more forthcoming, demanding that Duale takes personal responsibility over the deaths of the 147 students killed in Garissa.
â€œDuale must furnish the state with the list or we shall take action. He must take responsibility if there are no names, but he must also explain why he never named the individuals before,â€ said Kabando.
However, the pro-Duale MPs, mostly from URP side of the Jubilee coalition, warned their TNA counterparts to ‘tread carefully’.
“The statement by TNA chairman Johnson Sakaja was unfortunate, uncalled for, irresponsible and had political overtones with no relationship to the fight against terrorism,” reads the statement.