Moses Kuria, the Gatundu South Member of Parliament is allegedly missing, following reports that surfaced on the night of Friday, May 8, 2020.
Controversial barrister Miguna Miguna weighed in on the allegations, stating that despite the political rivalry, Kuria had rights like any other person.
“So, Uhuru Kenyatta has kidnapped Moses Kuria using the Kwe Kwe Squad? Intimidation, threats, abductions, illegal detentions and torture – even death – will not stop the revolution from removing Uhuru Kenyatta and his cabal from power. It’s only a question of when,” Miguna claimed.
Trending at number one on social media, members of the public raised concerns about the legislator’s whereabouts, a day after he made remarks regarding the evictions in Kariobangi on May 4, 2020.
“I understand that the Kariobangi Sewage evictions are meant to clear the land to set up sewage disposal for an ambitious forthcoming ultra-modern city project. But for crying out loud, it’s not that the ultra-modern city project is being built tomorrow.
“How does one reconcile their conscience to see women and children evicted when they are suffering from lack of money, acute food shortage, unforgiving rains and battling with Coronavirus? How does it benefit you to own the whole world and lose your soul? You will burn in hell,” Kuria had warned.
The Gatundu South legislator has been a known critic of President Uhuru Kenyatta, and a self-professed voice of the people, as implied in his recent series of attacks at the government.
However, a section of netizens chipped in with arguments that the legislator may be in hiding, just as Mumias Member of Parliament Benjamin Washiali who was reported missing prior to January 18, 2020, BBI rally in Kakamega.
“Moses Kuria is in hiding. He will resurface tomorrow. Karma is dealing these guys serious blows,” Abraham Mutai argued.
Leading up to May 8, when Kuria was reported missing, he had also on May 6, 2020, advised the government on ways to cushion the 2020/2021 budget, away from seeking loans.
He had suggested that the government should sell off shares in key business interests and cut back on unnecessary allocations to cushion Kenyans post Covid-19.
The legislator has, however, in the past been involved in a staged kidnapping, one which cost President Kenyatta victory during the 1997 General Election.
Kuria was among the staunch supporters of Moses Mwihia who was President Kenyatta’s opponent for the Gatundu South parliamentary seat. Since Uhuru had massive support in the region, Mwihia and his crew, which included Kuria, hatched a plan to discredit him in the eyes of the electorate.
They had drawn inspiration from a Democratic Party candidate by the name Norman Nyaga, who disappeared a few days to the 1992 election and his family blamed KANU for his ‘kidnapping’. Nyaga ended up winning the seat with an overwhelming majority, as the stunt turned supporters of his foes to his side.
Using the same plan, Uhuru’s cousin, Ngengi Muigai, Moses Kuria, Samuel Mwihia Kariuki (a nephew of Moses Mwihia) sent Uhuru’s rival into hiding.
The voters were told that the powerful Kenyatta family and the then President Daniel Arap Moi regime had kidnapped a peasant candidate who had come to liberate the people from them. In fact, word spread that the ruling party had killed him and thrown the body into a river.
In a phone conversation with a local news site, Kuria revealed that indeed the plan was hatched and was successful.
He stated that it was nothing personal but the fight was against KANU, the party that Uhuru was running on. Kuria concluded that sometimes they talk about the incident with the president and laugh about it.