Moses Kuria: Why I Can't Work With Ruto Now

  • From left: Deputy President William Ruto, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri at June Ruto's engagement party in Karen on Saturday, May 8, 2021
    From left: Deputy President William Ruto, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and former Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri at June Ruto's engagement party in Karen on Saturday, May 8, 2021
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  • Gatundu South Member of Parliament (MP) Moses Kuria has revealed why he cannot work with Deputy President William Ruto for now.

    Speaking during a TV interview on Sunday, November 7, the outspoken lawmaker wished that he was still working with the DP.

    He noted that he was part of the politicians who were earlier sidelined by the State after associating with the Deputy President.

    He, however, disclosed that the two are differing now due to the DP's demands that all allies must fold their parties before joining his United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

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    "It was my wish that I continue working with William Ruto and I hope that opportunity will present itself at some point but for the time being, William Ruto has said clearly that if you want to work with him, then you have to join the 'only' national party which is UDA.

    "I would prefer working with the Deputy President, he is my friend, we have suffered together. I’m not in government because people who are associated with William Ruto are perceived to be in the opposition," he noted.

    He further explained that for now, he has not expressed interest to vie for any political seat and that he is contented with supporting other candidates to the finish line.

    He also revealed that former Gichugu MP Martha Karua is the best candidate to serve as Kenya's next deputy president.

    Kuria, in his estimates, also predicts a four-horse race in the 2022 presidential polls and will include Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper, Raila Odinga of ODM, William Ruto of UDA and Musalia Mudavadi of ANC.

    He also foresees a runoff that will narrow down to the former Prime Minister and the Deputy President.

    "My analysis came up with 2 scenarios, the first scenario was a 4-horse race; Raila, Ruto, Kalonzo and Musalia. None will get to 50+1; Kalonzo & Musalia will eat away largely from Raila, Ruto will be ahead of the pack but not with 50+1," he added.

    This comes just a day after Kuria declared that the country would not be in safe hands under the leadership of its current second-in-command.

    He further stated that Ruto's presidency would be an imperial one – a presidency that relies on powers beyond those allowed by the constitution.

    Deputy President William Ruto and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru at his Karen residence, on October 26, 2021
    Deputy President William Ruto and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru at his Karen residence, on October 26, 2021
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