A group of political leaders from the Mount Kenya region, including Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria, have announced their intention to stage a protest outside the home of retired President Uhuru Kenyatta in Kiambu. The planned demonstration is in response to Kenyatta’s recent reemergence in the political arena and an ongoing struggle for control of the Jubilee Party.
Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria stated, “As early as next week, we will hold a meeting not anywhere else but outside the Kenyatta family residence in Ichaweri village in Gatundu South, Kiambu.” During a recent event at Thika stadium, Kuria made disparaging remarks about the former Head of State that cannot be published.
While celebrating the 25th music anniversary of singer Muigai wa Njoroge, Kuria declared that “Uhuru must get used to the fact that we are the ones in power, not him.” Several political figures, including Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi, Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a, Senator Karungo Thang’wa, and Kiambu Women Rep Anne wa Muratha, were present and echoed anti-Kenyatta sentiments.
Kuria has accused the retired President of supporting Azimio leader Raila Odinga’s protests and attempting to destabilize President Ruto’s administration by “sponsoring opposition-driven upheavals.”
CS Kuria asserted, “There are those who are known for fighting investments through public protests, and this time they will have it rough.” He added that he cannot focus on attracting investors if “others known for their seasonal turmoil in the political scene scheme on how to sabotage our efforts.”
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, who was the chief guest at the event, also criticized Kenyatta and former Interior PS Karanja Kibicho. Gachagua reaffirmed his position as the regional kingpin and vowed to continue addressing Mount Kenya residents in their native language.
As he put it, “I am a Múgíkúyú, and there is nothing you can do about it. If speaking in Gikuyu language will take away this Deputy President seat, so be it.” Gachagua added that he makes no apologies for allocating jobs to people from the region, as “this is our government that we own 47 percent shares in.”