State House, Jirongo spat over campaigns

June 26, 2012 2:03 pm
A statement from the Presidential Press Service said it was responding to news reports attributed to Jirongo, and rubbished them as ‘careless and irresponsible/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 26 – State House on Tuesday told Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo to focus on his presidential bid dismissing reports that it was sponsoring various political parties in the country.

A statement from the Presidential Press Service said it was responding to news reports attributed to Jirongo, and rubbished them as ‘careless and irresponsible.’

“We will not give any credence to the allegations from a political activist who’s political and business history is very well known to the Kenyan public,” read the statement in part.

“As a presidential candidate who seeks to occupy State House, he should be telling Kenyans what he will do to transform their lives not yapping State House! State House! every time he opens his mouth,” further read the terse statement.

But in a quick rejoinder barely an hour later, Jirongo dispatched a statement which simply read:

“In response to a statement attributed to State House officials concerning my recent political pronouncements, the following is my response:

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the TRUTH” – BUDDHA.

Jirongo has recently alleged that State House was sponsoring a plot to form many political parties based on ethnic lines with the aim of dividing Kenyans.

More recently, there has been speculation that the President had developed a soft spot for Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi who decamped from Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) to the United Democratic Forum.

Earlier in June President Mwai Kibaki disclosed that he has a preferred successor, even though he has not been seen openly campaigning for anyone.

The President who spoke in Mombasa during a peace forum for lawmakers said he knows what kind of a leader Kenyans want and that is the person he was backing.

“If you hear that I’m not campaigning for anything don’t think that I don’t believe in anything, I know the kind of project that we want in Kenya and I know that it does not do anybody any good to preach a different thing,” he told the meeting which was attended by among others Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

State House also sent a second statement on Tuesday, signed by President Kibaki’s Private Secretary Prof Nick Wanjohi, in which he denied links with any political grouping.

“As a serving member of the civil service, I remain apolitical.

“I am currently fully engaged in serving His Excellency and I am not a member of any political party.

“Media should desist from making these deliberate and constant references associating me with political parties,” Wanjohi’s statement read.


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