Moses Kuria: Why Its Hard to Sell Raila in Mt. Kenya

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Moses Kuria claimed that Mt Kenya region is uneasy with Raila’s push for a parliamentary system of governance. Photo/File

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has spelled doom in Raila’s future political hopes in the Mt. Kenya after claiming the former premier is hard to sell in the region.

Kuria, who was appearing on K24 TV’s Punchline show on Sunday, opined that despite his dalliance with President Uhuru Kenyatta following the March 2018 handshake, Mt Kenya region is still uneasy with Raila’s push for a parliamentary system.

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Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria when he appeared on Punchline on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Photo/Courtesy

“I am not sure that Mt Kenya have come to consider who they are going to vote for. Do you want the truth or the cousin of the truth?…tough sell,” stated Kuria when asked about if Mt Kenya is ready for Raila as suggested by Kirinyaga County Governor, Anne Waiguru.

According to the Gatundu South MP, the central region residents are uneasy about Raila’s proposal for a parliamentary system which he said would disadvantage them.

“Maybe that is what scares them about such a line-up. In 10 counties in what we call 10 plus three…with all that and 6 million votes, we have got only 64 constituencies out of 290 and unless that is redressed we are going to have a big issue.

Every time they hear about Raila Odinga, they say he wants to introduce a parliamentary system and our 64 constituencies don’t count for much. They think it is loss of their historical advantage,” claimed Kuria.

The 2022 presidential candidate expressed confidence that Mt. Kenya will vote as a block in 2022 despite acknowledging the fact that most of its MPs were divided claiming they have been receiving “love” from Deputy President William Ruto.

He added that the region was still under the control of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“It is our nature. Mt Kenya people vote as a bloc…Our people are good at moving by a face, Moi was there, Moi went. Kibaki was there, Kibaki went,” added Kuria.

Kuria also warned about the current divisions inside the ruling Jubilee party saying the country risk plunging into chaos in 2022 if the same is not corrected.

“The President and Deputy President are the big elephants in the room. Can we continue investing in chaos? But for some people chaos is an ingredient for success,” claimed the Kuria.

At the same time, Kuria insisted he supports the Building Bridges Initiative, especially the bid to expand the Executive by including posts for a prime minister and deputy prime ministers.

However, Gatundu South MP said there is no need for a referendum since many of the constitutional changes he proposes can be done through Parliament.


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