Besides my wife, these are the only people who can intimidate me – Duale

MAJORITY LEADER ADEN DUALE [PHOTO | COURTESY]

The National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale says President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and NASA leader Raila Odinga are the only people who can “intimidate” him besides his wife and children.

Mr Duale made the remarks on Thursday, August 2 in Parliament, when MPs were debating on logging activities in Kenya and the Mau eviction debacle.

He said he doesn’t fear mentioning names of high-profile people, who have encroached on land at Mau water towers.

Mr Duale further said he won’t be intimidated into concealing names of persons encouraging uncontrolled logging activities in the country, which have contributed to a reduction of forest cover at Mau.

The lawmaker, consequently, mentioned the name of one Rai, saying he can’t be allowed to sit in a body overseeing lawful logging activities in Kenya, yet he has shares in Pan Paper mills, which thrives on logging.

“I won’t be intimidated into silence, Madam Speaker. If anything, the only people who can intimidate me besides my wife and children are President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga,” said Mr Duale.

The Departmental Committee on Environmental and Natural Resources had presented its report to the House Thursday, which recommended that members of the body should visit Mau before coming up with a comprehensive report on how evictions would be carried out, and who should be evicted.

Mr Duale said Mau evictions should be conducted in a fair manner without sparing big-name land owners in Mau, including “former presidents”.

The Garissa Township MP and his Ugunja counterpart Opiyo Wandayi, among others, endorsed the Kareke Mbiuki-led environmental committee report.

“Go to Mau and visit the big; not only the peasants. And I urge the media to spotlight big names, who own farms in Mau, not only the peasants,” said Mr Duale.

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