Duale Asks for Forgiveness in Final Speech as Majority Leader

  • Former Majority Leader Aden Duale with his successor Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya.
    Former Majority Leader Aden Duale with his successor Kipipiri MP Amos Kimunya.
  • Former Majority Leader Aden Duale on Tuesday, June 23, gave his final speech as he exited his capacity.

    In the handover session, Duale detailed his experience as the Majority leader where he sought to make amends with his colleagues.

    "Allow me to unconditionally ask for forgiveness and apologies to anyone, in this House and outside, who I may have offended in the course of executing my duties - I was simply doing my job!" he stated.

    He observed that while pushing the agenda of the Majority Party, he had made new friends, enemies, and opponents, particularly within the Party, depending on where their interests are.

    National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale addresses the media on June 13, 2019.
    National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale addresses the media on June 13, 2019.
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    "Interestingly, interests also keep evolving, and hence one's opponents today might be his or her friends tomorrow and vice-versa. The most important thing is while attempting to work with everyone, keep your eye on the ball and deliver the price," he stated.

    He further congratulated Kipiriri MP Amos Kimunya assuring him that his door was always open if he needed to consult on anything during the transition period.

    "I indeed, look forward to being of assistance to him as he settles into his new position. It is not my wish to let him grapple in darkness. Before I retreat to the backbench allow me to handover this file to the incoming Leader of Majority Party as his starter pack.

    "In it includes among other things a brief detailing the pending business in this House and the Majority Party business that originated in this House but is now pending in the Senate. The pending business in the Pack includes Bills by the Majority Party, Committees and Private Members, Motions, Sessional Papers and Treaties among other things. I hope that this symbolic handover becomes part of the practice of the House," he stated.

    The Garissa Town MP observed that his removal was not driven by his inefficiency in the post but politics and as such he did not harbour ill feelings or grudge against any member.

    "I wish to thank the President of the Republic of Kenya and my party leader Uhuru Kenyatta, the Deputy President  William Ruto, and the entire Jubilee Party for having given me the opportunity to serve the people of Kenya as a Leader of Majority Party for the past seven years now," he stated.

    Duale was on Monday, June 22, ousted as Majority Leader in the National Assembly following a Jubilee Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting led by the president.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) with Deputy President William Ruto (right) and Majority Leader Aden Duale at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on January 29, 2014.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) with Deputy President William Ruto (right) and Majority Leader Aden Duale at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on January 29, 2014.
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