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Kitui leaders condemn “Duale tape”, and call for arrest

Kitui leaders condemn “Duale tape”, and call for arrest

Wiper Democratic Movement press statement on alleged Duale tape Photo/Courtesy

A section of leaders in Ukambani have come out and vehemently condemned incitement remarks allegedly made by the National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale in a voice clip that went viral in the social media on Thursday.
The leaders asked the government to properly probe the clip in which the speaker is heard inciting his audience to violence. Their condemnation comes amid mixed reactions from Kenyans in the social media.
In the undated clip which was widely shared in Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, the Garissa Township MP was concerned about people from outside his constituency registering as voters in the area thus “calling” for the youth to look for “unknown” people during the registration exercise.
More than 3,000 people from Ukambani region, majority from areas of Kitui County work and reside in Garissa town.
Kitui Senator David Musila through a statement posted in Twitter urged the Kamba community to remain calm as leaders followed the matter. He promised to follow up the issue with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“I have been alarmed by the statement alleged to have been made by Hon.Duale. I have in the first instance taken up the matter with Garissa Senator Hon. Yusuf Haji. We are seeking urgent clarification on this grave matter,” the statement in part.   
Kitui Members of Parliament Bernard Kitungi (Mwingi West), Charles Nyamai (Kitui Rural) and John Munuve (Mwingi North) separately on Friday condemned Duale over the alleged inflammatory utterances.
Mwingi North MP, Mr. John Munuve said it was unfortunate if such utterances truly emanated from a national figure like Mr Duale. “I cannot say he (Hon Duale) made the utterances because I don’t expect such words to come from a national leader like him,” Mr Munuve told the Mwingi Times on phone. He noted that more than 800 people from his constituency were working in Garissa and cautioned leaders against making remarks made to fuel violence to make political capital.  
Mr Kitungi in a short text message to the Mwingi Times called on the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett to ensure Mr Duale is arrested over what he said were a series of reckless remarks against the Kamba community. “Mr Duale has been on record making reckless sentiments against our community. He once claimed Al Shabab should bomb Machakos instead of attacking Eastleigh. And this time he is allegedly inciting against our people living in Garissa,” said Mr Kitungi calling for proper investigations into the voice clip.
His sentiments were echoed by Mr Nyamai who demanded that the Jubilee lawmaker apologize to the Kamba community or else take full responsibility of anything that would happen to its members living in Garissa.
Others leaders who condemned Mr Duale are Kitui County Assembly minority Leader Alex Nganga, Kitui National Youth Council Chair Aggrey Nzomo and Mwingi Business and Professionals outfit boss Mr Campbell Munyambu.  
Mr Nganga said if the sound clip can be authenticated, then the Jubilee lawmaker “should face full force of the law. He said Kamba and Somali people have for a long co-existed in harmony and shared a lot in trade ties and had never experienced political violence.
The Narc MCA asked the government to regulate and monitor use of the social media to avoid circulating information that can cause unnecessary tension.
Mr Nzomo and Mr Munyambu pointed out that the government should not protect anybody who made incitement remarks especially at a time when the nation is preparing for general elections.
Mr Duale dismissed the voice clip saying it was neither audible nor verifiable and instead blamed it on his political detractors, whom he said were out to tarnish his name.
We are seeking urgent clarification on @HonAdenDuale 's statement.In the meantime we urge our people to remain calm as we take up the matter

I have been alarmed by the statement allegedly made by hon Duale.I have in the first instance taken up this matter with Garissa Senator Haji

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