Written by Joseph Amunya Otieno
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Supporters of Lugari legislator Cyrus Jirongo have strongly come to his defense after State House issued a rebuttal statement in response to his recent allegations on state funded political parties.
In a strongly worded statement, the concerned supporters drawn mainly from Lugari constituency have urged the National Intelligence Service and other security agencies to probe into the allegations made by Jirongo and at the same time asked State House to face the bull by its horns instead of issuing blanket statements through the media.
Signed by Mr. Peter Ndanyi, an opinion leader in Lugari district and Mr. Washington Mutsotso, a businessman, the statement says that Jirongo’s claims that State House was sponsoring various political parties could be true.
“We believe the Lugari legislator is in reality lifting a lid over what may be termed as political graft. Hon. Jirongo’s insistence on state funded projects may be a pointer to a larger political scheme involving large amounts of public money by vested interests from one community whose main objective is to cling to and perpetuate power, ” read the statement.
“Denials should not so threateningly be sent out to purveyors of truth since the last succession General Election held in 2002 had a real presidential project. The said project may have matured now and could easily pass the test,” continued the statement.
Saying that all Kenyans have a constitutional right to air out their views, Mr. Ndanyi appealed to State House operatives to desist from issuing threats, abuses and sneers aimed at gagging Jirongo who he said was guarding against balkanization of the country in hands of a few selfish politicians.
The statement ends by accusing United Republican Party (URP) leader Mr. William Ruto of being a thankless and selfish individual whom it says nobody would want to associate with in future.
The group assured Jirongo of their support and urged him to seek alliances with like minded politicians capable of driving the country away from politics of economic exclusion and inequality.
A few days ago, the Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo said he fears for his life over his revelation that the government is financing some political parties to divide major ethnic groups into cocoons to manipulate the presidential race.
Jirongo who is a presidential hopeful under the United Republican Party (URP) alleged that he was warned against poking his fingers into important “eyes” but instead vowed to unravel the scheme meant to manipulate the coming General Election.
“And this words am saying should not be taken lightly because may be you will come for my funeral. This people have planned themselves to take the leadership of this country,” said Jirongo.
He spoke at the Busia Polytechnic during a funds drive for boda boda operator where also urged Kenyans to shun leaders who he alleged are ‘projects’ of some influential State House operatives.
He said that Ruto’s URP and Mudavadi’s United Democratic Forum Party were among the political parties the state operatives were sponsoring to split the main communities in a bid to remain in power.
“You have heard that I have problems with Ruto in the URP party and it is because from his movements he is not after presidency but a project that is out to be used in sub- dividing people,” said the Lugari legislator.
“We must stand with leaders who will be a project for Kenyans and not State House,” he said, warning that money has remained the strongest weapon by some elites who intend to manipulate the election and also halt the devolution process a move he said should be rejected.
He was accompanied by Nominated MP Musikari Kombo, Naivasha MP John Mututho, Brian Weke and former Budalang’i MP Raphael Wanjala.
He has since indicated he will quit URP and announce his new political vehicle in the next two weeks.
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