How well do you know Moses Kuria? Here are 7 interesting things about him

On Thursday Moses Kuria, was the talk of town after reports were rife that he was set to resign as Gatundu South member of parliament.

The outspoken politician has been the talk of two the past few days since a clip of him criticizing the president on new year’s eve went viral. Leaders from Mount Kenya region ganged up against him and he was forced to apologize for his utterances.

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Well here are things you did not know about Moses Kuria.

1.He was born in 1971, meaning he will celebrate his 48th birthday this year.

2.He served as an alter boy at Gatundu Catholic church before indiscipline started creeping in once he joined high school.

3.He is a graduate of University of Nairobi where he studied for a Bachelor of Commerce although his first love was to study law.

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4.He worked as a bank manager in Saudi Arabia working with Rajhi Bank, the decision came after he went abroad to search for greener pastures.

He has also worked with Standard Chartered .

5.He was SONU treasurer, a position that may have helped mould his political career.

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6.He is married to Joyce Njambi and together they have two kids.

7. He has served as a member of the Budget & Appropriations Committee in the National Assembly.

William Ruto denies owning a chopper, says he borrows it from Moses Kuria

Deputy President William Ruto has asked his critics to stop bugging him on whether he owns a chopper or not, saying the one he uses belongs to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

There has been speculation on social media that the deputy president had purchased a Sh1 billion military-like chopper that arrived in Kenya in early June 2018.

But the claim was dismissed in a video that went viral on Saturday.

In the clip, whose filming location is yet to be established, the DP, while accompanied by Kuria, tells the attendees that those who have been asking about the chopper now have answers.

This was after Kuria, who spoke before the DP, had confessed and said that “as a Christian, he wanted to make things clear that he owns the chopper in question.”

“The Principal here insinuated that the chopper belonging to the DP landed here. Let me make you understand that it belongs to me,” the Gatundu South MP said.

Following Kuria’s assertions, the DP asked his critics not to ask any further questions on the issue as the owner of the chopper has settled every worry they have.

He thanked Kuria for coming out on the matter and for always letting him borrow the plane which he uses to traverse the country.

“My brother Kuria has just clarified that I borrow the chopper that I use from time to time. People have been on my case over the issue. The owner has been identified.”

“Those who had questions have the answers. I thank Moses Kuria for being a gentleman and speaking the truth. Whatever he has said, let it be that way,” Ruto added.

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“European football is just about to implode thanks to racism” – Moses Kuria weighs in on Ozil’s retirement

Gatundu south member of parliament, Moses Kuria has become the latest celebrity to chime in on the now hot topic surrounding the circumstances which led to Mesut Ozil’s resignation from international duty.

This comes just days after the Arsenal play maker called time to his playing career with the Germany national team after hitting out at racism in the German FA after being made a ‘scapegoat’ following their group stage World Cup exit.

In a statement the the 29-year-old midfielder, claimed he has been turned into ‘political propaganda’ and no longer feels pride in wearing the national shirt.

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Ozil came in for heavy criticism after Germany’s humiliating first-round departure in Russia, their worst World Cup performance in 80 years, which came after he was pictured alongside controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He posted three open letters to social media on Sunday, the final confirming his retirement from international football in which he hit out at the ‘racism and disrespect’ he has been subject to.

Kuria who is an ardent football fan noted with a lot of concern that following Ozil’s racism claims, the European football is headed to the dogs all thanks to racism.

This is how Moses Kuria was welcomed in Kisumu county

 

He posted, “When we win I am a German, when we lose I am an immigrant” – Ozil

“When I score I am a Belgian. When I do not I am a Belgian of Congolese descent” – Lukaku

“When I score I am French. When we lose I am an Arab” – Karim Benzema

European football is just about to implode thanks to racism.

This is how Moses Kuria was welcomed in Kisumu county

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has praised Kisumu residents for the heroic welcome they accorded him on Saturday.

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Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria strolls through the streets of Kisumu on his way to Nyakach on Saturday, July 21. /MAURICE ALAL

Kuria said prior to the visit, he was not sure how the people of Kisumu would receive him.

“I was skeptical on how I will make it to Nyakach. Thanks to the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila,” Kuria said.

Kuria said he went to Raila at his home in Bondo to seek for advice before visiting Nyakach through Kisumu.

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“Raila told me that I have to come to Kisumu. And because the handshake meant to unite the nation I am happy I have roamed freely,” he said.

“Because of the unity pact, today I have been welcomed warm-heartedly with the people of Kisumu. I am shocked because of the silly political divides we have put ourselves into in the past,” Kuria said.

Were it not for the handshake, I would not have been in Kisumu, he added.

Kuria recalled how close he was to late Vice President Jaramogi Odinga’s family and acknowledged how Raila helped him when he was expelled from the university during Moi’s regime.

“Being a radical student leader and after we swept all the seats, I was expelled,” the MP narrated.

“He [Raila] sent the late Senator Otieno Kajwang who represented me before Judge Gideon Mwela who gave an order that reinstated me to university,” Kuria said.

The MP narrated visiting Bondo in 1994 during Jaramogi’s burial and in 1995 to attend the anniversary where they were teargassed for playing music.

The event was attended by a delegation from Mount Kenya region and former Nigeria President Olesegun Obasanjo. During those days, Kuria said, there was Central-Nyanza alliance.

“Immediately after the handshake, I was the second person to visit Raila to explain to me what it entails. He told me it’s not politics or 2022 succession politics or positions but bringing the people of Kenya together.

“From that day I vowed to support the peace deal,” Kuria said, adding that Kenyans should fully support the building bridges initiative.

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He noted that politicians are the ones to blame on the problems bedeviling the country.

“One day while passing Kisumu in a chopper I asked God to that if I will not be the one, then let my two sons roam Kisumu freely and invest,” he said.

Kuria said the handshake will enable Kenyans to realise the Big Four Agenda – housing, food security, universal health and manufacturing.

“We can best achieve development when there is peace and unity, therefore we must support the two leaders for agreeing to work together,” Kuria said.

He noted that Uhuru and Raila will continue to work together to spur economic development for Kenyans.

 

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‘Ikamba’ Musician Released After Moses Kuria Pays Sh250,000 Bail

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has secured the release of ‘Ikamba’ artiste John Gichiri.

The musician is accused of spreading hate through the song which was composed after the Kitui charcoal ban.

Kuria paid Sh 250,000 bail for Gichiri after the court reviewed it’s earlier terms of Sh700,000.

The legislator said that his lawyers will move to the High court in a bid to get anticipatory bail for two other artistes.

The two are being sought for by the police over the song which has been criticised by various Kenyans.Njau was charged with three counts of ethnic contempt.

-ANNETTE WAMBULWA

Moses Kuria says Kikuyus have made irreversible decision to back Ruto in 2022

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria says the Kikuyu community has already made an irreversible decision to back DP William Ruto to succeed President Kenyatta in 2022.

Kuria says that no one will go against the decision which he termed as a sure bet which he also likened it to a written cheque in the DP’s name.

The MP said the Kikuyu community will not renege on the decision because Ruto had been steadfast on supporting President  Kenyatta.

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Moses Kuria, Muthama Expected In Court Over Alleged Hate Speech

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and former Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama are expected in court this morning to face several charges including hate speech.

The two spent the night at Pangani police station cells ahead of their arraignment.

Kuria was the first to be arrested by Special Crimes Prevention Unit police at a hotel in Kilimani around midday.

He was taken to Pangani before being moved to DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road for interrogation.

Moses Kuria, Muthama Arrested Over Hate Speech

Around 1.45pm, Muthama was arrested by Flying Squad officers while heading to his Machakos home.

He was first taken to Pangani then Mazingira House for interrogation.

Police spotted his car in Nairobi and gave chase until Kangundo.

The former senator was arrested as he entered his compound.

In a Facebook post on September 5, Kuria said they were ready for another election but that they will hunt people who did not elect Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Kiambu has spoken. They have said Wembe ni ule ule (the razor blade is the same one). Wangige and Kiambu people are seething with anger. One million of their votes were canceled by four people,” read the post.

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Moses Kuria, Muthama Arrested Over Hate Speech

Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama has been arrested over alleged hate remarks.

Muthama was arrested at Kangundo and is being transported to Pangani Police station.

He is accused of making inflammatory remarks in Narok at the weekend.

This comes hours after Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria was arrested over hate remarks.

In a Facebook post on September 5, Kuria said they were ready for another election but that they will hunt people who did not elect Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Kiambu has spoken. They have said Wembe ni ule ule (the razor blade is the same one). Wangige and Kiambu people are seething with anger. One million of their votes were cancelled by four people,” read the post.

“But they are so ready to do it again. And even more. Manhunt is on tonight for the 200,000 people who did not vote and the 70,000 that voted for that other demon.”

Raphael Tuju, who is Jubilee Party secretary general, said the remarks were unacceptable.

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Slash My Salary Further By 15 Per Cent, Moses Kuria Tells SRC

Gatundu South MP-elect Moses Kuria has asked the salaries commission to slash his pay by a further 15 per cent.

The commission announced pay cuts for state officers, including the President, Deputy President, MPs, CSs and other officials.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Kuria told the Sarah Serem team to revoke his allowances.

“I commend you for revoking all my sitting allowances, otherwise, I would have been tempted to also claim squatting or sleeping allowances.”

The legislator said the proposed pay reductions, which were supported by President Uhuru Kenyatta, will help raise funds for free day secondary education.

“I trust that with my reduced salary and no sitting allowances, we can now work towards subsidising fees in boarding schools,” he said.

He said the saved monies can be spent on providing free meals for poor malnourished children in primary schools.

“If we do that, we will reduce the strain on our bursaries thus reducing my headache as Member of Parliament for Gatundu South.”

This came as some MPs, who were elected on August 8, called on the SRC to raise their salaries arguing its not enough for them.

Kuria further called on Serem to work with the 12th Parliament towards reducing the many political offices in this country.

“We must work together towards a target of no more than 35 per cent of our budget going to recurrent expenditure,” he said.

He said 65 per cent of the country’s revenue be reserved as capital expenditure that will spur development, long term growth, and prosperity.

SRC proposed a new pay structure before the August 8 general election that slashed MPs’ salaries from Sh 710,000 to Sh 621, 250 per month.

It put sitting allowances at a maximum of Sh80,000 for MPs and Sh128,000 committee chairs, and removed mileage reimbursement.

The Sh5 million car grant was also done away with, although MPs are now entitled to a Sh7 million car loan.

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Jaguar, Mohammed Ali, Moses Kuria Among legislators Against move By MPs To Increase Their Salaries

Nyali MP-elect Mohammed Ali has distanced himself from a bid by legislators to block SRC’s new salary structure.

The former journalist said on his Facebook page he will not support plans by MPs to increase their salaries.

“I have fought for equality and fairness through[out] my career and my first move as a parliamentarian will not be to enrich myself,” he posted on Wednesday.

Parliamentary Service Commission member Gladys Wanga told journalists that SRC’s decision to slash salaries will demean MPs.

“MPs will be humiliated and reduced to beggars like in the past where they depended on incentives from the executive,” the Homa Bay woman rep-elect said on Wednesday.

She came under fire from Kenyans on social media who termed the remarks shameful.

MPs intend to block the new salary structure which cuts their pay from Sh710,000 to Sh621,250 per month.

But the Nyali legislator asked Kenyans to count his vote against the move.

“Forty per cent of my countrymen live on an average of Sh10,000 or less. I do not see the purpose of an increment without ensuring that we create a legal framework for our countrymen to generate wealth FIRST. Count my vote against this,” he added.

Ali, formerly of KTN, won the Nyali MP seat on an independent ticket.

Ali’s sentiments were backed by Starehe’s MP-elect Charles Njagua AKA Jaguar as well as from Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

Just to categorically state; I am not in support of a pay rise. Count me out. Tweeted Jaguar.

On his part, Moses Kuria praised SRC’s Sarah Serem’s move to slash all sitting member’s sitting allowances.

Dear Sarah Serem. By this post I authorise you to effect the new salary level for myself. I would even suggest you look for legal mechanism for cutting my salary by a further 15%. I also commend you for revoking all my sitting allowances, otherwise if you didn’t do so I would have been tempted to also claim for squatting allowances or sleeping allowances. Kuria’s post read in part on his Facebook page.

Finally Sarah I will be looking forward to working with you in the 12th parliament to reduce the public wage bill and reduce the many political offices in this country. He added.

-Mercy Wairimu