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Sonko, Jirongo face off in church altar over land grabbing claims

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko on Sunday defended the Jubilee coalition against claims that its members had been involved in massive land grabbing.

Sonko, who was attending a fundraiser at PAG church in Kangemi, was responding to Cyrus Jirongo who alleged that most politicians who grabbed land are in government.

Wale ambao walichukua uchumi was mashamba vile vile wachukue uchumi wa mafuta, nyinyi mtakuwa watumwa milele,” Mr Jirongo had told the congregation.

Sonko who took to the podium later on during the function, slammed Jirongo for what he termed as disrespect to the presidency.

Jirongo kwa sasa Rais ni Uhuru, upende usipende…na kama ni mambo ya mashamba hata wewe umenyakua mashamba…kwa hivyo kama sisi ni waizi hata wewe ni mwizi nambari moja,” said Sonko.

The Nairobi Senator went on to name the disputed 1000 acre Ruai land that is owned by Mr Jirongo.

A visibly angery Sonko called on government’s critics to do so in a respectable manner and not to resort to insults towards President Kenyatta.

Mr Jirongo is a two time Lugari Constituency legislator and had contested in the 2013 election for the Kakamega senatorial seat. He was defeated by Bonny Khalwale.