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Jirongo accused of dividing Luhyas

30 May 2013, 15:16 Dareel Eric

Vihiga County Forum for Change group has accused the former Lugari Mp Cyrus Jirongo of intentionally causing disunity amongst Luhyas following his recent remarks at a funeral in the region.

Led by a former parliamentarian aspirant and TNA point man in the region Billy Nyonje, who is also the Secretary General of the group, they said that the leaders in the region should now focus on developmental issues instead of concentrating on politics of division.

During the funeral of Mama Rhoda Amukhole, mother to former Assistant minister Sande Mukuna, Jirongo said that the Luhya community should now wake up and rally behind him in his party (Federal Party of Kenya) because the other leaders in the area had already proved to be inefficient.

He particularly looked at the snub that Mudavadi and Eugene Wamalwa had been given by the Jubilee government during the recent cabinet appointments, saying that that was a launching pad for a snub in all other spheres of development.

“Our leaders in the region should now focus on giving support to the government of the day and forget about politicking that may divide us this early,” Nyonje said.

The group asked the leaders from the region to give support to the governors in the Western region, who are competent enough in making sure that people benefit fully from devolution.

They said that the present group of leaders who are driven by greed in Luhya land should be shunned urging local residents to embrace leaders who are visionary for the region to move ahead.

“Not every Kenyan could be accommodated in the cabinet to satisfy their egos. We know that our government is working towards the betterment of all Kenyans and thus our region cannot be snubbed,” Nyonje said.

Over the weekend, many leaders from Western Kenya criticised president Uhuru’s list of Cabinet Secretary nominees since Mudavadi missed in the list.

Vihiga Senator George Khaniri said that it would be better if two more posts were created to accommodate the Luhyas in the government.

The group said that Jirongo should not start bringing the issue of political parties to the region at the moment because people want to concentrate on other developmental issues.

“Jirongo has already sold the Luhya community so many times and it’s time he retired from politics and does something else with his life,” said Evans Ketenyi, the group’s Chair.  

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