By PETER ATSIAYA
Jirongo also hit at his ally in URP, the Eldoret North MP William Ruto saying he was a project of some influential State House operatives who wanted to divide major communities to retain power.
Jirongo said that Mudavadi’s United Democratic Forum (UDF) party, Ruto’s URP and deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta’s The National Alliance were among the six political parties the State operatives were sponsoring to divide key communities to remain in power.
“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 claimed.
He added: “I am having problems with Ruto in URP because he is a project.”
Jirongo has had a frosty relationship with Ruto and he went ahead to hit out at him during a live radio talk show, accusing him of sideling him.Ruto called the radio station and asked Jirongo to stop maligning him.
Jirongo said local people should not be excited about UDF but added that he was ready to sit with Mudavadi and Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa to back a single presidential candidate from Western region.
But Mudavadi in his response dismissed Jirongo, saying he had joined a group that was spreading misleading propaganda about his presidential bid.
“Jirongo why are you scared of my candidature? If you feel that you are popular don’t fear UDF,” he said.
Mudavadi noted that he would not backtrack in his efforts to vie for presidency on a UDF ticket, adding that he did not owe anybody an apology for ditching ODM.
The leaders were speaking during the burial of Livingstone Tumba Kibunguchi, the father of former Lugari MP Dr Enock Kibunguchi at Makindu village yesterday.
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