The Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria and Deputy President William Ruto’s loudest mouthpiece may be on his way out of the National Assembly and possibly the political arena as we know it. Moses Kuria is already embattled in court with cases that will most likely convict him and condemn him in the eyes of the public but the last nail on that coffin has to be the petition filed on Wednesday 9th July, 2020 by one Elijah Mwangi Gicheru at the High Court in Nairobi.
In his petition, the Gatundu South constituent alleges several malpractices and hints at gross misconduct bordering abuse of office currently going on at the office of legislator. The overwhelming support that Mr. Gicheru has received from Gatundu South alone over his petition and previous attempt to have the legislator shown the door shown just how much Moses Kuria’s popularity has receded since 2013.
This is not the first time an attempt has been made to remove the Parliamenterian from office. Mr. Gicheru (the current petitioner) and another, Mercy Wairimu Ngengi, imbibed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission on March 2017 to probe Mr. Kuria. The petition was supported by many and it even affected his popularity for the parliamentary seat he was vying for. His candidature was saved by the fact that he was the Jubilee Party nominee who was riding on the popularity and political goodwill of his predecessor, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Moses Kuria is accused of being unfit to hold office since he failed to meet the threshold set by chapter six of the Constitution. In the petition, the National Government Constituency Development Fund Gatundu South has been named as an interested party. The petitioner avers and attached evidence suggesting that the Member of Parliament is nepotic and should not be in office because of the obvious conflict of interest. In 2016, another three individuals having been dissatisfied with the manner in which things run in Gatundu, conducted an indipendent audit on the affairs of the constituency, which audit corroborated that of the Auditor General.
The findings of the Auditor General was not able to bring out the aspect of nepotism and the conflict of interest because the office was not aware that the companies awarded various tenders belonged to close relatives and kin of the Parliamenterian. The auditor general’s report however indicated that five tenders awarded to Finishline Constitution, Supreme General Traders and Kiki Holdings Limited had been exceedingly overpriced. A search at the registrar of companies revealed that the companies are owned by Aloise Kuria, John Ngige, James Kuria, Jane Kuria and Stanley Kuria respectively. All mentioned are blood brothers and sister to the Parliamenterian.
According to an online source, one, Aloise Kinyanjui Kuria(Moses Kuria’s brother) is a police officer in Kiambu seconded to the NG-CDF office.
Aloise is a Director of FINISHLINE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY which was awarded contracts worth Ksh32m by Gatundu South NG-CDF in 2014, the same year it was registered.
Aloise and another man called Alloys Kwengu are directors of a company called SMITH & GOLD PRODUCTION LTD which was incorporated on July 16th 2013. (CPR/2013/109455).
The third director of SMITH & GOLD PRODUCTION is a company called EMERGING CAPITAL HOLDINGS LTD.
Now the directors of Emerging Capital Holdings are Alloys Kwengu, one Francis Elijah Mwanzia and Moses Kiarie Kuria the MP.
Both Smith & Gold Production and Emerging Capital Holdings were registered on the same day, July 16th 2013 at 5:23pm and 5:22pm respectively. That is one company owning another company and both are registered within one minute.
SMITH & GOLD PRODUCTION LTD, through political influence at Moi University, was awarded a tender to construct Mama Ngina and Bomet constituent campuses of the university, worth Ksh1.35 billion. You know Moi university’s management is controlled from Karen.
Presented fake documents evidencing previous works of similar magnitude.
Then a day to the floating of the tenders the registrar of contractors at National Construction Authority (NCA) had issued the company with NCA certificates clearly without merits.
The companies also attached fake logbooks of machinery and equipment on the tender documents.
Both tenders were stopped, they are still battling in court.” The source wrote.
The petition has served to remind Moses Kuria whose backyard Gatundu South is. Since his election as the member of parliament, Kuria distinguished himself as the Gatundu boss and downplayed President Uhuru’s popularity in the area. He was naive to the fact that the people of Gatundu only cherished him because of his closeness with the actual boss, the President. That explains why the residents are up in arms trying to get rid of him the moment he shacked himself with William Ruto, indeed, kwa ground things are not different. The streets loathe DP Ruto.
Supporters of the deputy president have been counting on votes from central to chest thump but is is now clearer more than ever that Central is not inclined towards William Ruto, in fact the anthem in the region right now is that they would rather anyone else, but not William Ruto.
“It’s not like we have forgotten Nakuru, Kiambaa, or the devil that graced us in 2007. The memories of the loved ones we lost are with us even to-date. So I cannot disrespect the souls of the departed and waste my vote like that, I would rather burn my voters card like they did the church in Kiambaa” said Moses Muhia Njuguna, one of the petitioners.
It appears Ruto’s tricks are over, and now his political future is at the mercy of Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.