Jirongo launches presidential bid, pledges corruption fight

September 9, 2012 2:51 pm
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He said the country should now have a leader who is ready to reduce and eventually finish the gap between the poor and the rich in Kenya/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 9 – Lugari Member of Parliament Cyrus Jirongo officially launched his presidential bid on Sunday under the Federal Party of Kenya (FPK).

Jirongo said that his main agenda will be to ensure equal distribution of resources in the country through the county governments adding that inequality has been the source of negative ethnicity.

He said the country should now have a leader who is ready to reduce and eventually finish the gap between the poor and the rich in Kenya.

“We have used government as access to resources, to isolate and discriminate other parts of the country. And this led to the ‘explosion’ we saw four years ago. Today we would give ourselves praises of how we have achieved economic development, but we never answer the question of ‘who have we achieved for,” Jirongo said.

“We can only move to the next stage, if we accept to treat each other fairly, that we must devolve and give every Kenyan an opportunity to grow,” he added. “And with this devolution, if Kenyans make a mistake to elect a wrong president, there is nothing 15 percent of the budget can do in the Counties.”

Jirongo said if he got the presidential seat, which has now attracted more than 10 aspirants, he will fight corruption which he said has continued to increase levels of poverty.

“The majority of Kenyans are more desperate than before. At independence it was; we must fight poverty, disease and ignorance. But today we are still not yet there. Not because our country is poor, but because a few, have chosen to starve the rest,” the aspirant said.

He said Kenya needs a leader who will also address the issue of unemployment for the youth which he said will also be one of his main agenda.

“We can only move to the next stage, if we accept to treat each other fairly, that we must devolve and give every Kenyan an opportunity to grow,

“The majority of Kenyans are more desperate than before. At independence it was; we must fight poverty, disease and ignorance. But today we are still not yet there. Not because our country is poor, but because a few, have chosen to starve the rest,” the aspirant said.

Igembe MP Mithika Linturi, who also graced the occasion, criticized the several political coalitions saying that many are focused on fighting their competitors rather than giving Kenyans their development agendas for the country.

“Many politicians are now forming groups saying that they have one common agenda. But they are not telling us more about their agendas, or about any policy. The agenda can even be to rob the country, who knows,” Linturi said expressing his support for Jirongo.

“This time round we should work towards peaceful campaigns and not like before. I might be supporting the Prime Minister Raila Odinga in his presidential campaigns but it does not mean I cannot work hand in hand with other competitors. There should be not enemity,” said Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba who also graced the occasion, which had fairly few politicians.

Jirongo joins the list of other presidential aspirants who include PM Raila Odinga, Deputy PMs Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

Others are Water Minister Charity Ngilu, Assistant Minister Peter Kenneth, Gichugu MP Martha Karua, Gachoka MP Mutava Musyimi, former education minister James Ole Kiyiapi among others.

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