Defence cabinet secretary Aden Duale is backing his brother-inlaw to take over the mantle from him as the Garissa Township MP ahead of the by-election slated for Thursday this week.
Duale relinquished the seat after his victory in the August 9 general elections after president William Ruto named him to his inaugural cabinet as Defence CS.
Word has it that the wealthy brother-in-law’s family has been instrumental in Duale political sojourn by financially backing him for the whole duration he has been MP.
And now, it is payback time as Duale wants one of the family members to succeed him in parliament and eventually groom him to be the next political kingpin in Garissa and North Eastern politics as he Duale concentrates on ministry affairs.
Once in parliament, he will land a powerful slot in one of the House committees.
The Garissa MP seat fell vacant following Duale’s appointment to cabinet.
The race to succeed Duale has five aspirants with Dekow, who is seeking to contest for the seat on a United Democratic Alliance party ticket, being the frontrunner.
Duale had won the seat on the same UDA which means those who voted for Duale will definitely side with Dekow.
Duale fronted for Dekow when he met elders drawn from his Abduwak clan.
In the race are also former Fafi MP Abdikarim Osman, Mulki Warsane who lost in the woman rep contest and Mohamed Gabow.
Dekow is worried of Nasir Dolal Mohamed alias Jofle candidature as Jofle enjoys support from his Awliyahan clan. He is contesting for the seat on a United Democratic Movement party.
He has opposed Duale since 2013 always coming second. Duale retained his seat in the August polls getting a total of 9,905 against Jofle’s, 5509 votes.