The gift of the gab has always been Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s biggest arsenal. But also his greatest liability.
It made the former banker MP but also landed him in jail. He has been expelled from school and even ordered to pay Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua Sh6.5 million in a libel case because of his words.
He competes with Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri in spitting Kikuyu epithets that can even confuse a grandmother who has spoken the language for eight decades.
A staunch former ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kuria and his ‘buddy’ are not cool any more. He made his dissent more profound from early this year.
“As we enter 2019, you (voters) must think … our responsibility is not just to vote and after voting, we (the government that we form) take development to other regions. We want the President to also commission water projects, roads and electricity when he comes here. We were with him in Kisumu where he commissioned a road project, but when he visits (Kiambu) he only issues certificates to recovering alcoholics,” he had said in Thika.
And when leader from his own backyard flagged him down, especially over his presidential ambitions, he retorted:
“I am not vying in your house. Keep off,” Kuria answered.
The firestorm his statement generated split Jubilee down the middle. The President replied by labeling those questioning his move to spearhead development in all parts of the country as washenzi (stupid).
He answered the President back again and reserved the stinker in the last sentence.
“The President is 100 per cent right. We need development in every corner of this country. … Mt Kenya region also deserves development just like any other region…Right now, it’s not happening,” he wrote on his Facebook Page.
Kuria’s statements were seen as a betrayal of a man with whom he has had a very close relationship.
In fact, he was key in plotting for massive registration of voters in Mr Kenyatta’s strongholds.
Thursday the 5th, early morning, Gatundu South MP stirred the sleepy social media with a sensational post arguing that he had read the BBI report and did not find any recommendation that punished leaders who allegedly caused violence in the previous elections.
He went on to state that he would visit an optician to re-read the BBI report once again, in what was seemingly an intentional mockery of his ‘boss’- President Uhuru Kenyatta
“I have just finished reading the BBI report for myself. I was particularly looking to see why Kenyans fight after every election. This is undoubtedly the biggest win for the BBI and the handshake. I was hoping to see what BBI recommends we do with Moi (retired President Daniel Moi) for igniting violence in 1992 and 1997.
“I was hoping to see how Kenya will honour Uhuru Kenyatta for accepting the 2002 results like a Democrat, a gentleman and a patriot thus avoiding post-election violence. I was hoping to see what BBI recommends we do with Raila Odinga for refusing to go to court in 2007 thus causing two junior officers Kenyatta and William Ruto to be taken to the ICC,” Kuria wondered .
He went on to state his disappointment after finding out that Odinga’s 2017 theatrics went unnoticed in the BBI.
“I was hoping the BBI will cite Raila Odinga for refusing to take part in the October 26, 2017 repeat elections and thus contributing to the death of Baby Pendo. I am sure all these things are there. I will visit Optica (a firm that sells spectacles) today and re-read the BBI report again,” Kuria trolled the head of state.
Kuria, on November 27, vehemently resisted against Uhuru’s idea of forming of a committee of experts that is set to look into the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
Born 50 years ago in Gatundu South, he was an altar boy at Gatundu Catholic Church.
He was expelled from Ituru Secondary School and sat his final-year exams from home. Mr Kuria holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi (UoN).
“I wanted to study law but my mother, fearing she could lose her son to the State if he joined the law class, convinced me to change my course,” recalled Kuria in a previous interview.
He was the treasurer of Sonu, the students’ association at UoN. After graduation, he worked as an auditor at Githongo & Co and Total Kenya.
The father of two has also worked for Standard Chartered Bank and Al Rajhi, an Islamic bank in Saudi Arabia, and then returned home to join Kibaki’s campaign in 2007.
To then Cord leader Raila Odinga’s loyalists, he became a tribal chauvinist, a loose cannon and an irritant.
To President Kenyatta’s Jubilee sympathisers, he was the defender of the Agikuyu and a retaliatory asset to counter whatever was hurled at the President.
In 2014, he bagged the Gatundu South seat in a by-election after the death of then-MP Joseph Ngugi Nyumu.
He also landed in police cells as part of the Pangani Six politicians accused of incitement. However, he is an articulate debater who has figures at his fingertips.
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