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Jan 21, 2022

Is Moses Kuria Crossing The Red Sea To Raila's Camp?

Moses Kuria, the vocal Gatundu South MP, has created doubt and anxiety about his political objectives ahead of his major reception rally next month. The MP, who is recovering in the United Kingdom after suffering third-degree burns on his feet after his Sh250,000 electric blanket caught fire, is scheduled to conduct a prayer rally at Thika Stadium on February 19. The legislator is anticipated to announce his political ambitions on August 9, especially after announcing last year that he would not seek any public office this year. 

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Kuria, who is also the leader of Chama Cha Kazi, has been breathing hot and cold about his allegiance to Deputy President William Ruto’s hustler nation movement.  The MP has been releasing doses of political optics triggering speculation he could be warming up to ODM boss Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja. The MP is a founding member of the 'hustler nation movement' but his firm stands to promote his CCK party instead of joining Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance outfit has isolated him. While last year Kuria insisted he will remain firmly in the hustler nation, some thinly veiled political assaults seen as directed at Ruto signal a possible widening political rift

Before hospitalization, he was a key pillar of the Tangatanga movement and was accompanying Ruto to most of his political rallies, raising his profile as a possible running mate.  On Monday Kuria posted on his Facebook account what was interpreted to be a salvo at Ruto over his resistance to embracing other parties and allowing them to come on board without losing their identity and fielding their own candidates. The loaded message insinuated that Ruto would lose the August 9 presidential election because of his refusal to accommodate regional outfits. “In the forthcoming elections, there will only be two categories of political parties — parties that will respect other parties and parties that will form the opposition,” Kuria posted. In the unfolding dynamics, as the presidential race narrows down to Raila Ruto, the ODM boss has adopted a  strategy that embraces small parties and does not smother them. 

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