BY FRED MAKANA
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has come under heavy public criticism from Kenyans over his disparaging and abusive remarks on ODM leader Raila Odinga’s condition of his eye.
They now want action taken on Kuria who has been described as “loose canon” and a big threat to peace as the country heads to the August 9, general elections.
Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu wondered why Kuria can demean a leader of Raila’s caliber who has sacrificed a lot for the very freedom the Gatundu South legislator is abusing.
“Raila Odinga’s eye got injured while being tortured and detained for fighting for the democratic space that is being enjoyed and used to insult him by fellows who have never contributed anything meaningful to this country. God have mercy on them,” Ngilu wrote on her Facebook page.
Anyamah Douglas wonders if Kuria digests his remarks before taking to the podium. “The teary eye that Kuria mocks was once a good eye until detention knocked. Raila would also have wanted to have proper eyes like Moses Kuria and not walk with a handkerchief,”
John Kamau also took to Twitter to condemn Kuria’s remarks urging the controversial MP not to stoop so low.
“Many of the Moi detainees left the torture chambers and maximum prison with different ailaments. Raila Odinga almost lost his eyesight due to the powerful bulbs. It is wrong for Moses Kuria to mock him on that aspect. Moses,” Kamau wrote.
Blogger Lord Abraham Mutai quipped: “Raila Odinga offered to pay Moses Kuria’s university school fees hence helping Kuria finish his education. Today Kuria says Raila is a man whose eyes are shedding tears all the time like a dog. Human beings cannot be ungrateful,”
On his part Mwangi Maina wished Raila good health despite Kuria’s utterances that have left Kenyans in shock.
“That teary left eye Kuria is mocking was part of the ultimate price that our former premier had to pay for our country’s freedom, democracy. Those tears gave us freedom of speech. Long live Tinga,” Maina noted.
Kuria, who is serving a second term as a Legislator, is also at the moment under siege after his comments on a post-colonial oath taken by Mt Kenya region rattled Kenyans.
Rodgers Mpuru observed “Every time Moses Kuria opens his mouth, Kenya Kwanza loses votes. Anti-Raila politics in Mt Kenya region to gain relevance are long gone,”
Maina Kenric was also perturbed by Kuria’s unsavory remarks that have angered Kenyans from all walks of life and the political divide.
“Kuria badly insulted Raila using his weakness. The tears running down on Raila’s cheeks signifies and also a reminder of the torture he went through during the second liberation of Kenya. Moses Kuria, which sacrifice have you ever made for this country apart from wanting to burn it through your remarks,” Maina wrote on Twitter.
Jane Kyalo urged Kuria to refrain from disparaging the health and character of Raila. “The Handshake liberated Kenyans from ethinic clashes. You remember how UhuRuto wouldn’t go to Kondele and Raila wouldn’t dare step in Eldoret and Muranga. We grew past that. Now careless Moses Kuria wants to take us back there,” she posted on Twitter.
The controversial MP has for the last couple of days been under fire over a statement he made in a campaign rally castigating President Uhuru Kenyatta for supporting Raila’s presidential bid.
Kuria claimed that the president is going against his father’s wish by supporting the ODM supremo. The controversial lawmaker claimed that the president was going against an alleged 1969 oath that bars the Mt Kenya community from electing a leader who comes from a community that doesn’t practice circumcision.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has already indicated it will summon Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria, over his claims that the 2017 election was rigged, in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Commission’s Chairperson Wafula Chebukati said Kuria will be required to shed light on his allegations but remained adamant that the elections were free, fair and credible.
Kuria made the claims on Tuesday during the United Democratic Alliance’s (UDA) National Delegates Convention (NDC) at Kasarani where Deputy President William Ruto was endorsed to run for president in the August 9 polls.
“There are those saying Mt Kenya region votes will be divided. Honorable Waiguru, Rigathi, Wamatangi, Ichung’wa, Muthomi Njuki, Alice Wahome, Faith Gitau we are the ones who made Uhuru win the election and we are the ones who stole for him,” Kuria said.