Duale Under Fire For Distributing Expired Food to Orphans

  • National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale at his camel farm in Libahlow, Balambala Constituency, Garissa County on December 22, 2019
    National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale at his camel farm in Libahlow, Balambala Constituency, Garissa County on December 22, 2019
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  • The National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale, has found himself in a fix after allegations trailed him regarding food he distributed that was said to be expired.

    MP for Garissa Township, Aden Duale's problems began following claims that he had distributed expired food to an orphanage in Garissa town.

    Duale, who was summoned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), asserted that the claims were disingenuous.

    In a summons penned by the DCI on February 18, 2020, the majority leader was asked to appear before the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Benedict Oyaro, after complaints were received from the residents of Garissa town.

    A photo of George Kinoti, Head of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, addressing a media meeting at Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2017.
    George Kinoti, Head of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, addressing a media meeting at Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2017.
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    "Following several complaints from Garissa County residents, we have undertaken an investigation pertaining to the alleged distribution of unsubstance food.

    I do hereby require Aden Duale to personally appear before Mr Benedict Oyaro an assistant inspector general of police investigating the alleged offence on 19 February at 10.00 am at DCI headquarters Nairobi."

    Sources who spoke to the Nation on February 20, 2020 corroborated the allegations, stating that the Garissa MP had visited Najah Children's Home in Garisasa town on Monday 17, 2020 and had donated food to the centre.

    "He (Mr Duale) visited the orphanage on Monday. When we opened the food sacks we saw some black substance which raised concern amongst us. It is then that we learnt that the food had already spoiled meaning it was expired."

    The orphanage manager, Mohammed Noor confirmed that the food, which included rice, flour and maize, was unfit for human consumption and subsequently destroyed.

    A photo of National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale addressing reporters in Nairobi on May 22, 2019.
    National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale addressing reporters in Nairobi on May 22, 2019.

    Duale has however denied the allegations despite the information that is coming to light.

    The majority leader has stated that both the summons and the claims by Garissa residents were an exercise in blowing smoke.

    "The whole thing is fake, including the letter. You can go to Garissa and see for yourself. I talked to the DCI himself and he said there is nothing."