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The maggot in the Duale-Raila slippery relationship

Duale has moved to claim that he has a detailed list of people who bought ODM nomination certificates for the 2007 general election, adding that he can brandish the receipts for the transactions.

 

The National Assembly Majority Leader said his family raised money "left, right and centre" for Raila in his bid for the presidency in 2007, but later flopped.

While on his tour early in the week, Cord leader Raila Odinga claimed to have picked Duale from the streets of Mombasa, presented him to the Dujis elders and later elected in the then Dujis Constituency (now Garissa Township) for a parliamentary seat.

Duale alleged that the ODM leader should keep off the Jubilee affairs  and concentrate on the Cord’s and in equal measure cease to attack him as he helped re-energise “his nearly empty campaign coffers”, he said.

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“Going by the constitution, I am more powerful than Raila, because for him he only draws his through criticizing. He cannot offer a solution to any problem.  He only gets the powers from ODM's constitution,” Duale said.

A ‘Nobody’ claims

In his tour, Raila criticized the lawmaker for being too insensitive to the issues affecting Garissa residents, urging them to vote him out.

Later in a retaliatory statement, Duale trashed Raila’s sentiments that he picked him from the streets.

“I personally picked up Duale and took him to one of the Sheikhs and a group of renown elders in Garissa Town, and prevailed upon them to support him for the Dujis constituency parliamentary seat," Raila told residents in Duale's home rally on Thursday.

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Nominations bought

Duale has moved to claim that he has a detailed list of people who bought ODM nomination certificates for the 2007 general election, adding that he can brandish the receipts for the transactions.

"Ladies who bought nomination seats took chains of gold to his wife Ida Odinga. The golds and diamonds she is wearing have been donated by female MPs in the 10th Parliament who got their nominations through bribery," Duale said on Friday.

Duale said he was instrumental in transforming Raila from being a Luo village leader to a national leader, giving him the national outlook he is enjoying now.

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"In 2005, he was the leader of Liberal Democratic Party, basically a Luo party ... I ensured for the first time in the history of North Eastern, 10MPs including myself voted for ODM and came to Parliament on an ODM ticket," he said.

Raila was broke

Duale says that Raila has been using the politics of resource mobilisation through leadership.

“From year 2005-2009, his trip to Garissa accompanied by his delegations, he was sleeping in Nomad Hotel, Raila was very broke,” he said.

Duale has in the recent times taken the role of defending the Jubilee administration against Raila’s onslaught including corruption allegations.

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He added that the Sh18 million funds for the campaigns, was not inclusive of the cost of food and accommodation for the former prime minister and his entourage at Nomad Palace Hotel in Garissa in the course of the campaign in 2007.

“I dare him to face me in a television contest on NTV, Citizen even Al Jazeera, not a political rally. I will come with receipts how I funded his campaign and give tabulation of how much was contributed by others,” he said.

He said DP William Ruto, not Raila, is the one who introduced him to ODM.

He said Raila will go to the 2017 poll to make money by selling certificates and not to winning.

The legislator said he was a businessman, exporting livestock to Mauritia before her met Raila. He said he will deliver all North Eastern MPs to Jubilee in the August 8 polls.

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