How Kibaki's Political Fortunes Forced Moses Kuria Into Politics

  • Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria's political forays in the political landscape in the country were first witnessed in 2007 when he returned to the country to play background roles in President Mwai Kibaki's government, where he gained access to through President Kenyatta's Kanu party.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Moses Kuria narrated that he had been lured from his lucrative career as a top banker by a world bank report that indicated that the country's economy was growing at a rate of 7 percent, up from 2 percent in 2003.

    "I am a worker, and our economy was short of workers. That is why I came to the country to put my skills and experience into proper use," he stated.

    Moses Kuria had an illustrious career in banking before joining politics in the year 2007.
    Moses Kuria had an illustrious career in banking before joining politics in the year 2007.

    Kuria told Kenyans.co.ke that he was wary that people around the President might have sabotaged the growth for their own benefit, a matter that he narrated forced him into the country to jealously protect the colossal growth.

    "The President had a great and fully functional economic model back then. I have always had a habit of pushing for and rectifying things and that's why I joined his government. Kibaki's growth rate brought me into the political field," Kuria explained.

    While many thought him to be a new kid on the block seeking to disrupt the political equation in the Central region, Kuria narrated that his return to the country was purely ideological and not political.

    He also dismissed the idea that he was a new face in politics, stating that he had been a key feature in the country's fight for multi-partyism in 1991 and 1992.

    "I was not new to politics. I was the treasurer of SONU (Student Organization of Nairobi University) in the 90s and took part in the multi-party liberation politics alongside Raila Odinga, TJ Kajwang, James Orengo, David Murathe and more," he narrated.

    The second-term legislator regretted the turn that the country had taken both politically and economically, stating that the rut that the country is in right now has been to a huge extent self-inflicted.

    "If we had followed Kibaki's model, we would have been very far right now, but violence messed us up. That is why I hate violence. I know just how far back it can take us as a country," he stated.

    Former Gatundu South MP Jossy Ngugi who passed on in May 2014 paving way for Moses Kuria.
    Former Gatundu South MP Jossy Ngugi who passed on in May 2014 paving way for Moses Kuria.

    Moses Kuria later went on to play a major role in the formation of the TNA party before he became the member of parliament for Gatundu South following the death of the area MP Jossy Ngugi.