On Tuesday, May 10, the former majority leader at the National Assembly was filmed pulling lawyer George Kathi from the podium during a press conference.
Kithi had accompanied Kilifi governor Amason Kingi to Willian Ruto‘s residence where the deputy president was unveiling his coalition’s latest signing, the Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) led by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi.
But on Wednesday, May 11, Duale defended himself saying he did not know who Kithi was, adding that he was trying to maintain protocol.
“I did not know who he was and why he trying to stand between the Deputy President and Musalia Mudavadi, I was following protocol,” Aden Duale said as quoted by Citizen Digital.
The vocal Tanga Tanga legislator further said that everyone had been assigned a spot behind the Deputy President but Kithi was not there when that was happening.
“It was a security issue and I tried to intervene before the DP’s security came and removed him,
“Before the press conference, everyone had been introduced in the boardroom and Kithi was not there as he came late and so we did not know who he was,” Duale said.
In video footage seen by Kivumbi.co.ke was captured tapping Kithi twice in the back before grabbing his arm and gently getting him out of the lineup as he attempted to strategically position himself next to the deputy president.
The move raised sharp criticism from Azimio la Umoja-OK who critiqued Kenya Kwanza for manhandling Kithi because he is little known yet at the same time claimed to give hustlers and mama mboga a chance at the table.