I am an independent person, Duale says on his fallout with DP Ruto

Aden Duale.

Majority leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale has said he has every right to differ with DP William Ruto, because he is an independent person who acts according to his own thoughts. Duale and Ruto have not been in good terms for a number of months now and for the first time publicly, the Garissa Town MP publicly put bare their differences.

DP Ruto right hand man and leader of Majority in the Senate Kipchumba Murkomen has been taking shots at Aden Duale on a number o decisions the Majority Leader has been taking in the National Assembly regarding the direction Jubilee should take on policy. It is also believed, Duale has refused several attempts to be coerced into presenting bills which were intentionally drafted to directly benefit the DP, before the House.

Murkomen has in a number of occasions called Duale names and accused him of not provided the much needed leadership in the National Assembly. Their public spat on the Division of Revenue Bill blew the lid on the war that has been going on for months now.

On the issue of the referendum which has pitted DP Ruto and his men against those pushing for a plebiscite, Duale has taken a stand against the DP. He is supporting a Parliamentary system of governance which will give birth to an expanded executive which will include the Prime Minister, something Ruto is opposed to.

“There are some people saying I have differed with the DP, the DP is here to convince me. This is Aden Duale, leader of the Majority and MP for Garissa Township. I am an independent person,” Duale said in reference to his position on the referendum.

“This is my position and I intend to convince the President and the Deputy President that this is the best way to go in order to have a stable country with reduced ethnic tensions.”

Duale was categorical that the country’s five year cycle of political violence will be broken if the constitutional changes are made to eliminate the winner takes it all nature of politics.

“Kenyans always fight over presidential elections. Kenyans are divided when it comes to electing their president because of ethnic divisions. If we want to make Kenya stable, inclusive, remove ethnic connotations from our elections then we should go for a parliamentary system where the contest will be at the constituency level and anyone who gets the majority of MPs will form government and produce the Prime Minister,” Duale added.

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