Duale testifies in petition challenging his election


Duale testifies in petition challenging his election
National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale in court on December 6

Garissa Township Member of Parliament Aden Duale on Wednesday defended his win in the August 8 General Election.

Duale appeared in court to testify in the petition filed against him by his political arch-rival  Farah Maalim, who wants the court to nullify the former’s election.

In his testimony, the National Assembly majority leader refuted claims that the election was marred by irregularities. He said the election was free and fair and done in accordance with the Constitution.

“Even NASA supporters voted for me. I was re-elected because of my good track record. Claims that I bribed voters are false,” said Duale.

Duale also denied claims that he recruited Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials during the election saying, “I am popular across Garissa Town constituency therefore I was not involved in the recruitment of the returning officers because that’s IEBC work.”

The legislator also distanced himself from allegations that he employed his relatives to serve as agents on August 8.

“That’s hearsay provide evidence, I can account to all the activities of my brothers on that particular day,” said Duale.

He told the court that results declared by IEBC were free and fair.

The parties in the case have all closed their case and have been directed to file their final submissions and appear in court on January 11 to highlight their submissions before court delivers its verdict.

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