Moses Kuria Blames Gideon Moi for Cancelled Interview

  • File image of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria
    File image of Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria
  • Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has blamed Baringo Senator Gideon Moi after his scheduled interview on Standard Group-owned Spice FM was cancelled.

    Kuria had been invited to an interview by journalist Eric Latiff on Monday, July 20, but was informed of a last-minute cancellation.

    He claimed that Gideon, whose family is associated with the media group, made a phone call ordering that the interview be scrapped. 

    He further warned journalists planning to interview him that they required approval from President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.

    An image of Gideon Moi and Ababu Namwamba
    Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and Ministry of Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu Namwamba arriving in Lilongwe, Malawi in July 2020, for the inauguration of President Lazarus Chakwera.

    Kuria was slated to discuss various issues around politics, current affairs and the Covid-19 pandemic on the Spice FM morning show.

    Kuria has been a critic of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) fronted by Uhuru and Raila and backed by, among others, Gideon Moi who is also the Kenya African National Union (KANU) party leader.

    He noted that his ardent use of social media was fueled by the alleged media capture which had seen him barred from various media outlets.

    Kuria claimed that when Latiff invited him for the interview, he cautioned him that the Baringo Senator would not allow it but Latiff insisted.

    "Gideon Moi has cancelled the show. It won't happen. The state has issued instructions to all media houses not to host me.

    "I love and respect all media professionals. For your own good do not interview me. Seek prior approval from Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga before you do so. Do not waste your or my time," the lawmaker wrote.

    In recent weeks, Kuria has sustained criticism of the Kieleweke faction of the Jubilee Party following the purge on allies of Deputy President William Ruto.

    In particular, he alleged that the handing of key parliamentary leadership positions to allies of Uhuru and Raila was meant to ensure various structures favour them in the 2022 General Elections.

    Vowing not to relent, Kuria also dismissed reports that rebel Jubilee Party MPs including himself were facing expulsion from the party, asserting that he was ready for a by-election.

    Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung'wah.
    From left: Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung'wah.
    Daily Nation