President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rural home constituency MP Moses Kuria is not only controversial, but also a man who is known to speak his mind.
The Gatundu South MP has many times found himself at loggerheads with the country’s top leadership for remarks deemed to be disrespectful to the President.
During this year’s crossover night in Kiambu, the MP accused the President of abandoning the Mt Kenya region after overwhelmingly voting for him.
“We cannot be escorting our very own only for them to forget us when we need development projects most,” Kuria said.
The President’s lieutenants denounced the statement and castigated the vocal MP, accusing him of speaking too much, alleging that it was possibly under the influence drink.
Kuria had to seek an apology from the President, claiming that he had been misquoted.
Later in the year, Kuria became a critic of the recently unveiled Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), alleging that it was meant to have some people (referring to Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga) remain in power.
He said he would be the first person to go against the President once the BBI report was out.
However, with the document now here, the Gatundu South lawmaker has changed his tune, sparking an animated online conversation.
Kuria is now for the BBI and is even calling opponents who previously supported it but now appear unsure, to join him in passing the report in Parliament.
He has engaged boldly with ODM party MP who insist that the report must go through a referendum.
“We want this report in Parliament and within 15 minutes it will be law. We cannot waste money on an issue Parliament can solve,” Kuria has repeated both online and at public rallies.
The MP has hinted that he will run for president in 2022, positioning himself as the next Mt Kenya kingpin before or after Uhuru leaves office.