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Stop ethnic profiling, Kenyan Somalis can do business anywhere – Duale

Storyline:National News

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has refuted claims that most Somali businessmen are involved in illegal trade.

Duale said this on Friday, while noting that Muslims support President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive for public servants to undergo lifestyle audits.

The Garissa Town MP noted that Islam does not condone the illegal accumulation of wealth.

“Just like [other people], Kenyan Somalis are free to do business across the country, so that should not be used to profile them,” he said.

“Kenyan Somali’s thrive in business across the country because they are hardworking. Continued ethnic profiling, by propelling propaganda that we are taking up the CBD, should stop.

“As we tighten the fight on corruption, let us all remember that every family has evil elements. This is what the government should crackdown on.”

Duale said the community will continue to invest in businesses in the Nairobi central business district and will not apologise for that.

“We have a right under the Constitution … those contravening the law are individuals, not Muslims or Somalis, who must be dealt with in accordance with the law,” he said.

“We are no longer in 1963. We shall be in the forefront to implement Uhuru’s directive to fight graft,” he also said, adding state officers must explain how they accumulated their wealth.

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