Duale accuses Kanini Kega of ‘extortion, threats, blackmail’ in impeachment plot


Duale accuses Kanini Kega of ‘extortion, threats, blackmail’ in impeachment plot
Garissa Township MP Aden Duale and his Kieni counterpart Kanini Kega. PHOTOS | COURTESY

In Summary

  • The plot, Duale alleged, is being conducted behind the back of the Jubilee Party and its leader President Uhuru Kenyatta who he said approved his position and spared him in the recent purge against perceived rebels.
  • The Garissa Township MP said Mr. Kega is purporting to collect signatures from other legislators for his removal contrary to the National Assembly Standing Orders.

Garissa Township Member of Parliament Aden Duale has accused his Kieni counterpart Kanini Kega of being behind a plot to remove him as National Assembly Majority Leader using uncouth means such as extortion, threats and blackmail.

The plot, Duale alleged, is being conducted behind the back of the Jubilee Party and its leader President Uhuru Kenyatta who he said approved his position and spared him in the recent purge against perceived rebels.

The Garissa Township MP, in a statement released on Wednesday, said Mr. Kega is purporting to collect signatures from other legislators for his removal contrary to the National Assembly Standing Orders.

“He is notoriously known for being the king of extortion who thrives in threats and blackmail. He has perfected the art of extortion so well that all he does is to purport to collect signatures only for him thereafter to solicit for favors from myself and my friends as a bait for withdrawal of signatures,” said Duale.

“The National Assembly Standing Order 19 is clear on the process for removal of a Majority Leader which is by a majority of votes of all Members of the Majority Party in a Parliamentary Group chaired by the Party Leader and the decision thereafter is communicated by the Majority Whip to the Speaker. There is no place for collection of signatures.”

He added: “What Kanini Kega is however doing is to lie to his colleagues through unknown procedures that he can still have a say in the removal process when he is just playing his usual extortion game.”

He further alleged that Mr. Kega was keen on replacing him as the Majority Leader but was dealt a blow when he (Duale) was endorsed to continue serving in that capacity during the Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting held on Tuesday.

Duale also accused the Kieni legislator of driving the House Committee on Trade, Industry and Cooperatives – which he serves as Chairperson – to its deathbed using similar “uncouth” antics.

“Hon. Kanini Kega, please note that being a Leader of Majority is not as easy as ABCD. It takes zeal, hard work, servant leadership, expertise, professionalism, experience and having the people of Kenya in your heart,” Duale told the MP.

“Question is if you killed the Committee on Trade which you chair through incompetence can you handle the position of the Leader of Majority Party?”

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