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Kibaki tells off Jirongo over ‘project’ talk

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State House has rebuked an MP over claims that it is sponsoring several political parties to manipulate President Kibaki’s succession race. Mr Cyrus Jirongo, a statement from the Presidential Press Service said, “should be telling Kenyans what he will do to transform their lives, not yapping ‘State House, State House’ every time he opens his mouth”. It described the Lugari MP’s statements as careless and irresponsible, dismissing him as a “political activist whose political and business history is very well known to the Kenyan public”.The latter was in reference to the notoriety Mr Jirongo gained as a moneyed campaigner for President Moi through the Youth for Kanu ‘92 outfit ahead of the 1992 General Election.The President was responding to a series of public claims by Mr Jirongo that the United Democratic Forum (UDF) of Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and the United Republican Party (URP) of Eldoret North MP William Ruto were among parties sponsored by State House.Mr Jirongo has also posted on his Twitter and YouTube pages videos of him making the allegations at a public function where Mr Mudavadi was present.“We are aware that the government is sponsoring six political parties to field presidential candidates to divide communities with large number of voters for their selfish gains,” he said at the weekend in Busia.He claimed that Mr Mudavadi and Mr Ruto would divide the vote so that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta can succeed President Kibaki.